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limb

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noun \ˈlim\

Definition of limb

  1. 1 a :  one of the projecting paired appendages (as wings) of an animal body used especially for movement and grasping but sometimes modified into sensory or sexual organs b :  a leg or arm of a human being

  2. 2 :  a large primary branch of a tree

  3. 3 :  an active member or agent

  4. 4 :  extension, branch

  5. 5 :  a mischievous child

limbless

play \ˈlim-ləs\ adjective

limby

play \ˈli-mē\ adjective

out on a limb

  1. :  in an exposed or dangerous position with little chance of retreat



Origin and Etymology of limb

Middle English lim, from Old English; akin to Old Norse limr limb and perhaps to Old English lith limb


First Known Use: before 12th century

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limb

verb

Definition of limb

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  dismember

  3. 2 :  to cut off the limbs of (a felled tree)



1674

First Known Use of limb

1674

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limb

noun

Definition of limb

  1. 1 :  the outer edge of the apparent disk of a celestial body

  2. 2 :  the expanded portion of an organ or structure; especially :  the upper spreading portion of a corolla (as of the phlox) whose lower part consists of a tube of fused petals



Origin and Etymology of limb

Latin limbus border


First Known Use: circa 1677

Rhymes with limb



LIMB Defined for Kids

limb

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noun \ˈlim\

Definition of limb for Students

  1. 1 :  any of the paired parts (as an arm, wing, or leg) of an animal that stick out from the body and are used mostly in moving and grasping

  2. 2 :  a large branch of a tree

limbed

\ˈlimd\ adjective

limbless

\ˈlim-ləs\ adjective



Medical Dictionary

limb

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noun \ˈlim\

Medical Definition of limb

  1. 1:  one of the projecting paired appendages (as an arm, wing, fin, or parapodium) of an animal body made up of diverse tissues (as epithelium, muscle, and bone) derived from two or more germ layers and concerned especially with movement and grasping but sometimes modified into sensory or sexual organs; especially :  a human leg or arm

  2. 2:  a branch or arm of something (as an anatomical part) <the descending limb of Henle's loop>




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