- The definition of a limb is a branch or a jointed part of the body.
An example of a limb is a leg.
A leg is a limb.
limb definition by Webster's New World
- a part that extends from the trunk of a body, as an arm, leg, or wing
- a large branch of a tree
- any projecting part forming an outgrowth or extension from a larger body
- a person or thing regarded as a branch, part, agent, or representative: a policeman is a limb of the law
- Chiefly Brit., Informal a naughty child
Origin: with unhistoric -b ; from Middle English lim ; from Old English akin to Old Norse limr, limb ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (e)lei-, to bend from source el(bow)
- limbless adjective
- a border, margin, or edge
- Astron. the apparent outer edge of a celestial object
- Bot. the spreading outer portion of the corolla of certain flowers
Origin: French limbe, origin, originally , limbo ; from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin limbus ; from L: see limbo
limb definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- One of the larger branches of a tree.
- One of the jointed appendages of an animal, such as an arm, leg, wing, or flipper, used for locomotion or grasping.
- An extension or a projecting part, as of a building or mountain range.
- One that is considered to be an extension, member, or representative of a larger body or group.
- Informal An impish child.
Origin: Alteration (probably influenced by limb2) of Middle English lim, from Old English.
- Astronomy The circumferential edge of the apparent disk of a celestial body.
- Mathematics The edge of a graduated arc or circle used in an instrument to measure angles.
- Botany The expanded tip of a plant organ, such as a petal or corolla lobe.
Origin: Middle English, graduated edge of an astronomical instrument, from Old French limbe, from Latin limbus, border.
limb - Medical Definition
- One of the paired jointed extremities of the body; an arm or a leg.
- A segment of such a jointed structure.
limb - Phrases/Idioms
out on a limbâ
(out) on a limb
limb - Science Definition
- 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.