- 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.
- 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 of limbwith 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)
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- 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 of limbFrench limbe, origin, originally , limbo ; from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin limbus ; from L: see limbo
- 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.
- a. An extension or part distinguished from the main body or group: the conservative limb of the party.b. A member or representative of a group: was arrested by a burly limb of the law.
- Archaic An impish child.
transitive verblimbed, limb·ing, limbs
Origin of limbAlteration (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 of limbMiddle English limbe, graduated edge of an astronomical instrument, from Old French, from Latin limbus, border.
- A major appendage of human or animal, used for locomotion (such as an arm, leg or wing)
- A branch of a tree.
- (archery) The part of the bow, from the handle to the tip.
- (botany) The border or upper spreading part of a monopetalous corolla, or of a petal or sepal; blade.
- (astronomy) The border or edge of the disk of a heavenly body, especially of the sun or moon.
- The graduated margin of an arc or circle in an instrument for measuring angles.
- An elementary piece of the mechanism of a lock.
- A thing or person regarded as a part or member of, or attachment to, something else.
(third-person singular simple present limbs, present participle limbing, simple past and past participle limbed)
- To remove the limbs from an animal or tree.
- They limbed the felled trees before cutting them into logs.
- To supply with limbs.