limb

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noun (1)

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a
: one of the projecting paired appendages (such 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
combat soldiers who had lost limbs
2
: a large primary branch of a tree
3
: an active member or agent
a limb of the law
4
: extension, branch
a limb of the sea
5
: a mischievous child
limbless adjective
limby adjective

limb

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verb

limbed; limbing; limbs

transitive verb

1
2
: to cut off the limbs of (a felled tree)

limb

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noun (2)

1
: the outer edge of the apparent disk of a celestial body
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
Phrases
out on a limb
: in an exposed or dangerous position with little chance of retreat

Examples of limb in a Sentence

Noun (1) we hung the swing from the highest limb of the tree that we could reach
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Multiple limbs down and power out near Loose Park in Kansas City. Robert A. Cronkleton, Kansas City Star, 20 May 2024 Her prosthetic limbs don’t keep her from wheeling a friend, Juliet Nankamba, around in Juliet’s wheelchair. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for limb 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1) and Verb

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

Noun (2)

Latin limbus border

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1674, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

circa 1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of limb was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Limb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/limb. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

limb

1 of 2 noun
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
especially : a leg or arm of a human being
2
: a large branch of a tree
limbless adjective

limb

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

Medical Definition

limb

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

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