Now limbless, he slept, drug-induced, unaware of what awaited him upon waking.
In its midst was a blackened tree-trunk, limbless, 150 riven; a forest giant blasted by some mountain storm.
It does not explain, for example, how limbs developed in a limbless organism.
For our present purpose we may again divide the vertebrates into limbed and limbless.
And the cheerfulness of the limbless men in blue is something wonderful.
Out of the second sack had fallen the limbless trunk of a dead man, cold and appalling even in this uncertain light.
In this limbless, senseless state the females remain fall and winter.
His left arm swung helplessly and he could not climb the limbless lower trunk of a lance tree with only one arm.
Many a limbless British soldier owes his life to the surgeon of the Civil Hospital.
One shell killed thirty one night, and their bodies lay strewn, headless and limbless, at the corner of the Grande Place.
"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.