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Definitions of limb

limb1 (lɪm



  1. an arm or leg, or the analogous part on an animal, such as a wing
  2. any of the main branches of a tree
  3. a branching or projecting section or member; extension
  4. a person or thing considered to be a member, part, or agent of a larger group or thing
  5. (mainly British) a mischievous child (esp in limb of Satan or limb of the devil)
  6. See out on a limb



  1. (transitive) a rare word for dismember

Derived Forms

ˈlimbless  adjective

Word Origin

Old English lim; related to Old Norse limr

limb2 (lɪm



  1. the edge of the apparent disc of the sun, a moon, or a planet
  2. a graduated arc attached to instruments, such as the sextant, used for measuring angles
  3. (botany)
    1. the expanded upper part of a bell-shaped corolla
    2. the expanded part of a leaf, petal, or sepal
  4. either of the two halves of a bow
  5. Also called: : fold limb either of the sides of a geological fold

Word Origin

C15: from Latin limbus edge

Translations for 'limb'

  • British English: limb Your limbs are your arms and legs. NOUNHe was able to stretch out his cramped limbs and rest for a few hours.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: membro
  • Chinese: 四肢
  • European Spanish: miembro
  • French: membre
  • German: Glied
  • Italian: arto
  • Japanese: 手足
  • Korean: 수족
  • Portuguese: membro
  • Spanish: miembro

Example Sentences Including 'limb'

We have no intention of going into a home, certainly while I have life and limb left to fight the ghosts.
Weldon, Fay Splitting
I just wanted to get my hands on the guy and tear him limb from limb.
MacNeill, Alastair The Devil's Door
I was a broken limb jerked straight, a dammed river released, snarled hair roughly combed.
Robin Hobb THE GOLDEN FOOL: Book Two of the Tawny Man (2002)


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