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limb 1

 (lĭm)
n.
1. One of the larger branches of a tree.
2. One of the jointed appendages of an animal, such as an arm, leg, wing, or flipper, used for locomotion or grasping.
3. An extension or a projecting part, as of a building or mountain range.
4.
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.
5. Archaic An impish child.
tr.v. limbed, limb·ing, limbs
To remove the branches from.
Idiom:
(out) on a limb Informal
In a difficult, awkward, or vulnerable position.

[Alteration (probably influenced by limb) of Middle English lim, from Old English.]

limb 2

 (lĭm)
n.
1. Astronomy The circumferential edge of the apparent disk of a celestial body.
2. Mathematics The edge of a graduated arc or circle used in an instrument to measure angles.
3. Botany The expanded tip of a plant organ, such as a petal or corolla lobe.

[Middle English limbe, graduated edge of an astronomical instrument, from Old French, from Latin limbus, border.]

limb

(lɪm)
n
1. (Anatomy) an arm or leg, or the analogous part on an animal, such as a wing
2. (Botany) any of the main branches of a tree
3. a branching or projecting section or member; extension
4. a person or thing considered to be a member, part, or agent of a larger group or thing
5. chiefly Brit a mischievous child (esp in limb of Satan or limb of the devil)
6. out on a limb
a. in a precarious or questionable position
b. Brit isolated, esp because of unpopular opinions
vb
(tr) a rare word for dismember
[Old English lim; related to Old Norse limr]
ˈlimbless adj

limb

(lɪm)
n
1. (Astronomy) the edge of the apparent disc of the sun, a moon, or a planet
2. (Surveying) a graduated arc attached to instruments, such as the sextant, used for measuring angles
3. (Botany) botany
a. the expanded upper part of a bell-shaped corolla
b. the expanded part of a leaf, petal, or sepal
4. (Archery) either of the two halves of a bow
5. (Geological Science) Also called: fold limb either of the sides of a geological fold
[C15: from Latin limbus edge]

limb1

(lɪm)
n.
1. one of the paired bodily appendages of animals, used esp. for moving or grasping; a leg, arm, or wing.
2. a large or main branch of a tree.
3. a projecting part or member: the four limbs of a cross.
4. a person or thing regarded as a part, member, branch, offshoot, or scion of something.
v.t.
5. to cut the limbs from (a felled tree).
6. to dismember.
Idioms:
out on a limb, in a risky or vulnerable situation.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English lim]
limb′less, adj.

limb2

(lɪm)

n.
the graduated edge of a quadrant or similar instrument.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin limbus; see limbus, limbo1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.limb - one of the jointed appendages of an animal used for locomotion or grasping: armlimb - one of the jointed appendages of an animal used for locomotion or grasping: arm; leg; wing; flipper
hind limb, hindlimb - a posterior appendage such as a leg or the homologous structure in other animals
forelimb - the front limb (or the homologous structure in other animals, such as a flipper or wing)
flipper - the flat broad limb of aquatic animals specialized for swimming
appendage, extremity, member - an external body part that projects from the body; "it is important to keep the extremities warm"
stump - the part of a limb or tooth that remains after the rest is removed
leg - a human limb; commonly used to refer to a whole limb but technically only the part of the limb between the knee and ankle
crus - the leg from the knee to foot
leg - a structure in animals that is similar to a human leg and used for locomotion
thigh - the part of the leg between the hip and the knee
arm - a human limb; technically the part of the superior limb between the shoulder and the elbow but commonly used to refer to the whole superior limb
cubitus - the arm from the elbow to the fingertips
forearm - the part of the superior limb between the elbow and the wrist
extremity - that part of a limb that is farthest from the torso
appendicular skeleton - the part of the skeleton that includes the pectoral girdle and the pelvic girdle and the upper and lower limbs
2.limb - any of the main branches arising from the trunk or a bough of a treelimb - any of the main branches arising from the trunk or a bough of a tree
tree - a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
branch - a division of a stem, or secondary stem arising from the main stem of a plant
stick - a small thin branch of a tree
bough - any of the larger branches of a tree
3.limb - (astronomy) the circumferential edge of the apparent disc of the sun or the moon or a planet
astronomy, uranology - the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole
edge, border - the boundary of a surface
4.limb - either of the two halves of a bow from handle to tip; "the upper limb of the bow"
bow - a weapon for shooting arrows, composed of a curved piece of resilient wood with a taut cord to propel the arrow
part, portion - something less than the whole of a human artifact; "the rear part of the house"; "glue the two parts together"
5.limb - the graduated arc that is attached to an instrument for measuring angles; "the limb of the sextant"
octant - a measuring instrument for measuring angles to a celestial body; similar to a sextant but with 45 degree calibration
sextant - a measuring instrument for measuring the angular distance between celestial objects; resembles an octant
arc - a continuous portion of a circle
6.limb - any projection that is thought to resemble a human armlimb - any projection that is thought to resemble a human arm; "the arm of the record player"; "an arm of the sea"; "a branch of the sewer"
projection - any structure that branches out from a central support

limb

noun
1. part, member, arm, leg, wing, extension, extremity, appendage She stretched out her cramped limbs.
2. branch, spur, projection, offshoot, bough the limb of an enormous leafy tree
out on a limb independently, separately, in a dangerous position, sticking your neck out (informal) They went out on a limb, voting for a controversial energy bill.
Translations
طَرَف: ذِراع او رِجْلغُصْن
končetinavětev
grenlem
faágvastag faág
greinlimur
galūnėvienišas ir atstumtas
liels zarsloceklis
končatina
ud
dalkol ya da bacak

limb

[lɪm] N (Anat) → miembro m, extremidad f; [of tree] → rama f
to lose a limbperder uno de los miembros or una de las extremidades
to be/go out on a limb (in danger) → estar/quedar en peligro; (= be isolated) → estar/quedarse aislado; (= take risk) → correr el riesgo
to tear sb limb from limbdespedazar a algn
see also life A1

limb

[ˈlɪm] n
[person] → membre m
[tree] → branche f
to go out on a limb (= take a risk) → risquer de s'isoler
to be out on a limb → être isolé(e)
limber up
[ˌlɪmbərˈʌp] vise dégourdir, se mettre en train

limb

n
(Anat) → Glied nt; limbs plGlieder pl, → Gliedmaßen pl; the lower limbsdie unteren Gliedmaßen; to rest one’s tired limbsseine müden Glieder or Knochen (inf)ausruhen; to tear somebody limb from limbjdn in Stücke reißen; to risk life and limbLeib und Leben riskieren or aufs Spiel setzen
(of tree)Ast m; to be out on a limb (fig)exponiert sein; to go out on a limb (fig)sich exponieren; John’s ideas put him out on a limbJohn steht mit seinen Ideen allein auf weiter Flur; he had left himself out on a limber hatte sich in eine prekäre Lage gebracht
(of cross)Balken m; (of organization etc)Glied nt

limb

[lɪm] n (Anat) → arto; (of tree) → (grosso) ramo
a man with strong limbs → un uomo dalle membra robuste
to be out on a limb (fig) → trovarsi in difficoltà
to go out on a limb (fig) → esporsi
to tear limb from limb → sbranare, fare a pezzettini

limb

(lim) noun
1. an arm or leg.
2. a branch.
out on a limb
on one's own and in a dangerous or disadvantageous position.

limb

1. n. extremidad, miembro del cuerpo;
2. porción terminal o distal de una estructura;
___ amputationamputación de una ___;
___ rigidityrigidez de la ___ o del miembro;
___ paindolor en las extremidades.

limb

n extremidad f (form), miembro; residual — (form) muñón m
References in classic literature ?
Amy looked relieved, but naughty Jo took her at her word, for during the first call she sat with every limb gracefully composed, every fold correctly draped, calm as a summer sea, cool as a snowbank, and as silent as the sphinx.
The quiet of the jungle settled down over the camp, at least the comparative quiet of the jungle, for there were always noises of some sort going on, from the fall of some rotten tree limb to the scream or growl of a wild beast, while, now and again, from the river came the pig-like grunts of the alligators.
The waters in the woods, and on the great lakes, run downward until they lie like my hand," said the Indian, stretching the limb horizontally before him, "and then they run no more.
By an accurate measurement, each limb proved to be precisely three inches and a quarter in length.
He was broad-shouldered and double-jointed, with short curly black hair, and a bluff but not unpleasant countenance, having a mingled air of fun and arrogance From his Herculean frame and great powers of limb he had received the nickname of BROM BONES, by which he was universally known.
The streets were very full, and the cabs, with the candidates' colors on them, were dashing about through the crowd as if life and limb were of no consequence; we saw two people knocked down that day, and one was a woman.
The resemblance was not complete, of course, for Jurgis was generously paid and comfortably clad, and was provided with a spring cot and a mattress and three substantial meals a day; also he was perfectly at ease, and safe from all peril of life and limb, save only in the case that a desire for beer should lead him to venture outside of the stockyards gates.
I does not feel to cry 'fore dat ar old limb, no how
I ran against something -- a soft heavy something which gave, slightly, to the impulse of my weight; at the same moment the lightning glared out, and within a foot of my face was the writhing face of a man who was hanging from the limb of a tree
I looked up, and the creature was sitting on a limb right over me, looking down at me.
Tom said he slipped Jim's hat off of his head and hung it on a limb right over him, and Jim stirred a little, but he didn't wake.
The next instant he was out, and "going on" like an Indian; yelling, laughing, chasing boys, jumping over the fence at risk of life and limb, throwing handsprings, standing on his head -- doing all the heroic things he could conceive of, and keeping a furtive eye out, all the while, to see if Becky Thatcher was noticing.