Limbo meaning

lĭmbō
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A condition of prolonged uncertainty or neglect.

Management kept her promotion in limbo for months.

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A West Indian dance in which the dancers repeatedly bend over backward and pass under a pole that is lowered slightly with each pass.
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Any intermediate, indeterminate state.
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A dance, originated in the West Indies, in which the dancers bend from the knees as far back as possible to pass beneath a horizontal bar that is set lower and lower.
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(roman catholic church) The abode of unbaptized but innocent or righteous souls, as those of infants or virtuous individuals who lived before the coming of Christ.
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The definition of limbo is a dance where you have to duck lower and lower to get underneath a pole without touching the pole or the ground.

An example of limbo is a competition dance you do at a cook-out where you take turns wiggling your way under a pole as the pole is held closer and closer to the ground.

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To limbo means to do a dance where you have to duck and bend to get under a pole without touching the pole or the ground.

An example of limbo is ducking and bending your way underneath a pole without putting your hands on the ground.

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Limbo is defined as a state where you uncertainly await something important, such as a decision about your future or, in some Christian religions, a place where babies go after they die if they have not been baptized.

An example of limbo is when you wait to find out if you got a new job that will require you to move.

An example of limbo is where the Christians believe a baby goes if he has not been baptized.

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(place, proper) In some Christian theologies, the eternal abode or state, neither heaven nor hell, of the souls of infants or others dying in original sin but free of grievous personal sin, or, before the coming of Christ, the temporary abode or state of all holy souls after death.
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A place or condition of confinement, neglect, or oblivion.
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See Inferno.
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(Roman Catholic theology, since circa 1300) The place where innocent souls exist temporarily until they can enter heaven, notably those of the saints who died before the advent of Christ (limbus patruum) and those of unbaptized but innocent children (limbus infantum).
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(by extension, since the 16th century) Any in-between place, state or condition of neglect or oblivion which results in an unresolved status, delay or deadlock.

My application has been stuck in bureaucratic limbo for two weeks.

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A dance played by taking turns crossing under a horizontal bar or stick. The stick is lowered with each round, and the game is won by the player who passes under the bar in the lowest position.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
limbo
Plural:
limbos

Origin of limbo

  • Middle English from Medieval Latin (in) limbō (in) Limbo ablative of limbus Limbo (conventionally thought to exist on the outer border of Hell) from Latin border

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

  • Probably ultimately of African origin

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

  • From Latin limbus (“border”) (cognate with limp), notably in the (ablative) expression in limbo (“on the edge”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Word of uncertain West Indian (notably Jamaican) origin, probably an alteration of limber as it is a physical agility test.

    From Wiktionary