Limbo
Limbo Lim"bo (l[i^]m"b[-o]), Limbus Lim"bus (l[i^]m"b[u^]s), n. [L. limbus border, edge in limbo on the border. Cf. {Limb} border.] 1. (Scholastic Theol.) An spiritual region where certain classes of souls were supposed to await the last judgment. [1913 Webster]

As far from help as Limbo is from bliss. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

A Limbo large and broad, since called The Paradise of fools. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Note: The limbus patrum was considered as a place for the souls of good men who lived before the coming of our Savior. The limbus infantium was said to be a similar place for the souls of unbaptized infants. To these was added, in the popular belief, the limbus fatuorum, or fool's paradise, regarded as a receptacle of all vanity and nonsense. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence: Any real or imaginary place of restraint or confinement; a prison; as, to put a man in limbo. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence: A state of waiting, or uncertainty, in which final judgment concerning the outcome of a decision is postponed, perhaps indefinitely; neglect for an indefinite time; as, the proposal was left in limbo while opponents and proponents refused to compromise. [PJC]

4. (Anat.) A border or margin; as, the limbus of the cornea. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Limbo — • A word of Teutonic derivation, meaning literally hem or border, as of a garment, or anything joined on Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Limbo     Limbo      …   Catholic encyclopedia

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  • limbo — m. anat. Borde. Medical Dictionary. 2011. limbo borde, ribete Diccionario ilustrad …   Diccionario médico

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  • limbo — (Del lat. limbus). 1. m. Lugar o seno donde, según la Biblia, estaban detenidas las almas de los santos y patriarcas antiguos esperando la redención del género humano. 2. Lugar adonde, según la doctrina tradicional cristiana, van las almas de… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • limbo — Ⅰ. limbo [1] ► NOUN 1) (in some Christian beliefs) the supposed abode of the souls of unbaptized infants, and of the just who died before Christ. 2) an uncertain period of awaiting a decision or resolution. ORIGIN from Latin limbus hem, border,… …   English terms dictionary

  • limbo — s. m. Dança, originária de Trindade e Tobago (América Central), em que o executante dança e tenta passar por baixo de uma vara horizontal, cuja altura em relação ao solo vai diminuindo.   ‣ Etimologia: inglês limbo limbo s. m. 1. Orla, borda,… …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • limbo — sustantivo masculino 1. Área: religión Según la Biblia, lugar donde los Patriarcas y las personas buenas antiguas esperaban la redención de Cristo. 2. Área: religión Según algunos teólogos católicos, lugar adonde van las almas de los niños que… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • limbo — limbo1 [lim′bō] n. pl. for 2 & 3 limbos [ME < L, abl. of limbus, edge, border (in in limbo, in or on the border) < IE * (s)lemb , to hand down: see LIMP1] 1. [usually L ] in some Christian theologies, the eternal abode or state, neither… …   English World dictionary

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