verb (used with object)
- limb bud,
- limb lead,
- limb-girdle muscular dystrophy,
Origin of limb1
Examples from the Web for limbless
Now limbless, he slept, drug-induced, unaware of what awaited him upon waking.
It does not explain, for example, how limbs developed in a limbless organism.The Making of Species|Douglas Dewar
The same applies to the limbless little Ophiopsiseps nasutus of Australia.
As for Miss Biffin, she was limbless, but managed her paint-brush and pencil with her mouth.
- in a precarious or questionable position
- Britishisolated, esp because of unpopular opinions
Word Origin for limb
- the expanded upper part of a bell-shaped corolla
- the expanded part of a leaf, petal, or sepal
Word Origin for limb
"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.
see out on a limb; risk life and limb.