I. noun Etymology: Middle English lim, from Old English; akin to Old Norse limr limb and perhaps to Old English lith limb Date: before 12th century 1. a. one of the projecting paired appendages (as wings) of an animal body used especially for movement and grasping but sometimes modified into sensory or sexual organs b. a leg or arm of a human being 2. a large primary branch of a tree 3. an active member or agent 4. extension, branch 5. a mischievous child • limbless adjectivelimby adjective II. transitive verb Date: 1674 1. dismember 2. to cut off the limbs of (a felled tree) III. noun Etymology: Latin limbus border Date: circa 1677 1. the outer edge of the apparent disk of a celestial body 2. the expanded portion of an organ or structure; especially the upper spreading portion of a corolla (as of the phlox) whose lower part consists of a tube of fused petals

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  • limb — LIMB, limburi, s.n. 1. Partea lată (şi verde) a frunzei, legată de ramură (sau de tulpină) prin codiţă. 2. Marginea gradată a scării unui instrument topografic de măsură. 3. Navă folosită la limbare. – Din fr. limbe, germ. Limbus. Trimis de… …   Dicționar Român

  • limb — [lım] n [: Old English; Origin: lim] 1.) out on a limb alone and without help or support ▪ All the other countries signed the agreement, leaving Britain out on a limb. ▪ He d gone out on a limb (=taken a risk) to help us. 2.) an arm or leg 3.) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Limb — (l[i^]m), n. [OE. lim, AS. lim; akin to Icel. limr limb, lim branch of a tree, Sw. & Dan. lem limb; cf. also AS. li[eth], OHG. lid, gilid, G. glied, Goth. li[thorn]us. Cf. {Lith}, {Limber}.] 1. A part of a tree which extends from the trunk and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Limb — can have many meanings. ten thousand to be precise.*from the Old English lim : **Limb (anatomy), a limb is a jointed or prehensile appendage of the human or animal body **a large or main branch of a tree. **In social structure, a representative,… …   Wikipedia

  • limb — [ lım ] noun count ** 1. ) an arm or a leg: She rested her tired, aching limbs. an artificial limb 2. ) a large branch on a tree 3. ) a part of something that sticks out out on a limb in a position where you have no support from other people… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • limb — ► NOUN 1) an arm, leg, or wing. 2) a large branch of a tree. 3) a projecting part of a structure, object, or natural feature. ● life and limb Cf. ↑life and limb ● out on a limb Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

  • limb — limb1 [lim] n. [with unhistoric b < ME lim < OE, akin to ON limr, limb < IE base * (e)lei , to bend > EL(BOW)] 1. a part that extends from the trunk of a body, as an arm, leg, or wing 2. a large branch of a tree 3. any projecting part …   English World dictionary

  • Limb — Limb, v. t. 1. To supply with limbs. [R.] Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To dismember; to tear off the limbs of. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Limb — Limb, n. [L. limbus border. Cf. {Limbo}, {Limbus}.] A border or edge, in certain special uses. (a) (Bot.) The border or upper spreading part of a monopetalous corolla, or of a petal, or sepal; blade. (b) (Astron.) The border or edge of the disk… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • limb — lȉmb m <N mn ovi> DEFINICIJA 1. rel. prekogrobno boravište starozavjetnih pravednika i umrle nekrštene djece 2. tehn. rub s ucrtanom stupanjskom skalom, sprava za mjerenje kutova 3. astron. obod nebeskih tijela ETIMOLOGIJA lat. limbus:… …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • limb — bough, branch, *shoot …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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