Limb definition

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A large branch of a tree.
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One of the larger branches of a tree.
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One of the jointed appendages of an animal, such as an arm, leg, wing, or flipper, used for locomotion or grasping.
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An extension or a projecting part, as of a building or mountain range.
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The circumferential edge of the apparent disk of a celestial body.
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The definition of a limb is a branch or a jointed part of the body.

An example of a limb is a leg.

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The expanded tip of a plant organ, such as a petal or corolla lobe.
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A person or thing regarded as a branch, part, agent, or representative.

A policeman is a limb of the law.

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(archaic) An impish child.
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A member or representative of a group.

Was arrested by a burly limb of the law.

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(astronomy) The circumferential edge of the apparent disk of a celestial body.
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(mathematics) The edge of a graduated arc or circle used in an instrument to measure angles.
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(botany) The expanded tip of a plant organ, such as a petal or corolla lobe.
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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.
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A major appendage of human or animal, used for locomotion (such as an arm, leg or wing)
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A branch of a tree.
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(archery) The part of the bow, from the handle to the tip.
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(botany) The border or upper spreading part of a monopetalous corolla, or of a petal or sepal; blade.
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(astronomy) The border or edge of the disk of a heavenly body, especially of the sun or moon.
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The graduated margin of an arc or circle in an instrument for measuring angles.
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An elementary piece of the mechanism of a lock.
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A thing or person regarded as a part or member of, or attachment to, something else.
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To remove the limbs from an animal or tree.

They limbed the felled trees before cutting them into logs.

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To supply with limbs.

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(astronomy) The apparent visual edge of a celestial body.

Solar limb.

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(on a measuring instrument) The graduated edge of a circle or arc.
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(old, informal) A naughty child.
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A segment of such a jointed structure.
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An extension or part distinguished from the main body or group.

The conservative limb of the party.

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To remove the branches from.
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A part that extends from the trunk of a body, as an arm, leg, or wing.
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Any projecting part forming an outgrowth or extension from a larger body.
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(rare) To dismember; disjoint.
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A border, margin, or edge.
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(astron.) The apparent outer edge of a celestial object.
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(bot.) The spreading outer portion of the corolla of certain flowers.
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One of the paired jointed extremities of the body; an arm or a leg.
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(informal) (out) on a limb
  • In a difficult, awkward, or vulnerable position.
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out on a limb
  • in a precarious or vulnerable position or situation
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
limb
Plural:
limbs

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of limb

  • Middle English limbe graduated edge of an astronomical instrument from Old French from Latin limbus border

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Alteration (probably influenced by limb) of Middle English lim from Old English

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English lim and Old English lim. The silent -b began to appear in the late 1500s.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Latin limbus, "border".

    From Wiktionary