verb (used with object)
Origin of limb1
Related formslimb·less, adjective
Can be confusedlimb limn
Definition for limb (2 of 2)
- the upper spreading part of a gamopetalous corolla.
- the expanded portion of a petal, sepal, or leaf.
Examples from the Web for limb
Mating with a cousin or brother is safer than risking life and limb to mate with an outsider.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family|Helen Thompson|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“We can do anything here from open heart surgery to limb amputations,” he says.Behind the Scenes With a ‘Site Agent’: The Secret Service’s Hardest Job|Marc Ambinder|October 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some might want to be the star, others to direct, but it takes a special breed to want to risk life and limb as a stuntman.Amateur Stuntmen, the iPhone 6, and More Viral Videos|Jack Holmes|August 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So now, keeping all that in mind, how many Afghans do you think risked life and limb to cast their ballot?Would You Risk Your Life to Vote? It Looks Like 7 Million Afghans Did.|Dean Obeidallah|April 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The year will start bleakly—really going out on a limb there, eh?Obamacare, Impeachment, Iran, and More Political Predictions for 2014|Michael Tomasky|December 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A movement and my legs might fall off the limb and drag me downward.The Rifle Rangers|Captain Mayne Reid
It is usually about six weeks before the patient can use the limb with freedom.
Like a young priestess she stood, motionless save for the sudden quiver of a limb, a quick pulse-flutter in the rounded throat.The Mystery of Choice|Robert William Chambers
Quaking in every limb, his teeth chattering, and a cold sweat pouring from him, he listened as the awful voice spoke again.Toto's Merry Winter|Laura E. Richards
If skilled massage cannot be obtained, gentle rubbing of the limb will fulfil the same useful purpose.Nervous Breakdowns and How to Avoid Them|Charles David Musgrove
British Dictionary definitions for limb (1 of 2)
- in a precarious or questionable position
- British isolated, esp because of unpopular opinions
Derived Formslimbless, adjective
Word Origin for limb
British Dictionary definitions for limb (2 of 2)
- the expanded upper part of a bell-shaped corolla
- the expanded part of a leaf, petal, or sepal
Word Origin for limb
Medicine definitions for limb
Science definitions for limb
Idioms and Phrases with limb
see out on a limb; risk life and limb.