For our present purpose we may again divide the vertebrates into limbed and limbless.
He was gigantic in stature and limbed like the Farnesian Hercules.
He writhed and twisted like a limbed snake, and bit and tore with teeth and hands.
Hurriedly he threw off his jacket and proceeded to climb the big pine, which, fortunately, was limbed to the ground.
May the seventy-seven limbed thunderbolt strike you on St. Michael's day!
Built up and limbed as just described, our hero, as you may well imagine, must have been a man of prodigious bodily strength.
The men fell to with axes and saws while Harry limbed the logs and looked after the Mayor.
These small trees they limbed out, and cut up into pieces about three feet in length, just as a wood-chopper would cut cord wood.
But why should he have even one, seeing that in reality he is limbed like other people?
"part or member," Old English lim "limb, joint, main branch of a tree," from Proto-Germanic *limu- (cf. Old Norse limr "limb," lim "small branch of a tree"), a variant of *liþu- (cf. Old English liþ, Old Frisian lith, Old Norse liðr, Gothic liþus "a limb;" and with prefix ga-, source of German Glied "limb, member"), from PIE root *lei- "to bend, be movable, be nimble." The parasitic -b began to appear late 1500s for no etymological reason (perhaps by influence of limb (n.2)). In Old and Middle English, and until lately in dialects, it could mean "any visible body part."
The lymmes of generacion were shewed manyfestly. [Caxton, "The subtyl historyes and fables of Esope, Auyan, Alfonce, and Poge," 1484]Hence, limb-lifter "fornicator" (1570s). To go out on a limb in figurative sense "enter a risky situation" is from 1897. Life and limb in reference to the body inclusively is from c.1200.
late 14c., "edge of a quadrant or other instrument," from Latin limbus "border, hem, fringe, edge," of uncertain origin. Klein suggests cognate with Sanskrit lambate "hangs down," and English limp. But Tucker writes that "the sense appears to be that of something which twists, goes round, or binds ... not of something which hangs loose," and suggests cognates in Lithuanian linta "ribbon," Old Norse linnr "whether." Astronomical sense of "edge of the disk of a heavenly body" first attested 1670s.
One of the paired jointed extremities of the body; an arm or a leg.
A segment of such a jointed structure.