limber

1
[ lim-ber ]
/ ˈlɪm bər /

adjective

characterized by ease in bending the body; supple; lithe.
bending readily; flexible; pliant.

verb (used without object)

to make oneself limber (usually followed by up): to limber up before the game.

verb (used with object)

to make (something) limber (usually followed by up): She tried to limber up her wits before the exam.

Origin of limber

1
First recorded in 1555–65; perhaps akin to limb1

Related forms

lim·ber·ly, adverblim·ber·ness, noun

Definition for limber up (2 of 2)

limber

2
[ lim-ber ]
/ ˈlɪm bər /
Military

noun

a two-wheeled vehicle, originally pulled by four or six horses, behind which is towed a field gun or caisson.

verb (used with object)

to attach the limber to (a gun) in preparation for moving away (sometimes followed by up).

verb (used without object)

to attach a limber to a gun (usually followed by up).

Origin of limber

2
1400–50; late Middle English lymo(u)r pole of a vehicle. See limb1, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for limber up (1 of 4)

limber up

verb (adverb)

(intr) (esp in sports) to exercise in order to be limber and agile
(tr) to make flexible

British Dictionary definitions for limber up (2 of 4)

limber

1
/ (ˈlɪmbə) /

adjective

capable of being easily bent or flexed; pliant
able to move or bend freely; agile

Derived Forms

limberly, adverblimberness, noun

Word Origin for limber

C16: origin uncertain

British Dictionary definitions for limber up (3 of 4)

limber

2
/ (ˈlɪmbə) /

noun

part of a gun carriage, often containing ammunition, consisting of an axle, pole, and two wheels, that is attached to the rear of an item of equipment, esp field artillery

verb

(usually foll by up) to attach the limber (to a gun, etc)

Word Origin for limber

C15 lymour shaft of a gun carriage, origin uncertain

British Dictionary definitions for limber up (4 of 4)

limber

3
/ (ˈlɪmbə) /

noun

(often plural) nautical (in the bilge of a vessel) a fore-and-aft channel through a series of holes in the frames (limber holes) where water collects and can be pumped out

Word Origin for limber

C17: probably changed from French lumière hole (literally: light)
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