limb

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[ lim ]
/ lɪm /
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noun

verb (used with object)

to cut the limbs from (a felled tree).

Idioms

    out on a limb, in a dangerous or compromising situation; vulnerable: The company overextended itself financially and was soon out on a limb.

Origin of limb

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before 900; Middle English, Old English lim; akin to Old Norse lim foliage, limr limb, līmi rod, Latin līmus aslant, līmen threshold
Related formslimb·less, adjective
Can be confusedlimb limn

Synonym study

2. See branch.

Definition for limb (2 of 2)

limb

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[ lim ]
/ lɪm /

noun

Astronomy. the edge of the disk of the sun, a moon, or a planet.
the graduated edge of a quadrant or similar instrument.
Botany.
  1. the upper spreading part of a gamopetalous corolla.
  2. the expanded portion of a petal, sepal, or leaf.

Origin of limb

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1350–1400; Middle English < Latin limbus; see limbus2, limbo1
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British Dictionary definitions for limb (1 of 2)

limb

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/ (lɪm) /

noun

verb

(tr) a rare word for dismember
Derived Formslimbless, adjective

Word Origin for limb

Old English lim; related to Old Norse limr

British Dictionary definitions for limb (2 of 2)

limb

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/ (lɪm) /

noun

the edge of the apparent disc of the sun, a moon, or a planet
a graduated arc attached to instruments, such as the sextant, used for measuring angles
botany
  1. the expanded upper part of a bell-shaped corolla
  2. the expanded part of a leaf, petal, or sepal
either of the two halves of a bow
Also called: fold limb either of the sides of a geological fold

Word Origin for limb

C15: from Latin limbus edge
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Medicine definitions for limb

limb

[ lĭm ]

n.

One of the paired jointed extremities of the body; an arm or a leg.
A segment of such a jointed structure.
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Science definitions for limb

limb

[ lĭm ]

One of the appendages of an animal, such as an arm of a starfish, the flipper of dolphins, or the arm and leg of a human, used for locomotion or grasping.
The expanded tip of a plant organ, such as a petal or corolla lobe.
The circumferential edge of the apparent disk of a celestial body.
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Idioms and Phrases with limb

limb


see out on a limb; risk life and limb.

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