limb


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to limb: phantom limb

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 ?
And from the safety of his overhanging limb the ape-child sent back the fearsome answer of his kind.
As we ran out the limb, Broken-Tooth, facing us, would begin teetering.
Occasionally we would strike our heads against some projecting limb of a tree; and while imprudently engaged in rubbing the injured part, would fall sprawling amongst filthy fragments, cutting and bruising ourselves, whilst the unpitying waters flowed over our prostrate bodies.
Then, when he had worked Taug to such a pitch of foaming rage that the great bull fairly danced upon the bending limb beneath him, Tarzan's hand shot suddenly outward, a widening noose dropped swiftly through the air, there was a quick jerk as it settled about Taug, falling to his knees, a jerk that tightened it securely about the hairy legs of the anthropoid.
She swung from limb to limb, or she raced through the mighty branches, surefooted, lithe, and fearless.
It was of about the same diameter as the entrance at the foot of the tree, and opened directly upon a large flat limb, the well worn surface of which testified to its long continued use as an avenue for some creature to and from this remarkable shaft.
One, two, tree, four, fibe - I done pass fibe big limb, massa, pon dis side.
The great cat lay crouched upon a thick limb, hidden from the ape's view by dense foliage, waiting patiently until the anthropoid should come within range of his spring.
It's hid in mighty particular places, Huck -- sometimes on islands, sometimes in rot- ten chests under the end of a limb of an old dead tree, just where the shadow falls at midnight; but mostly under the floor in ha'nted houses.
The bones of a limb might be shortened and widened to any extent, and become gradually enveloped in thick membrane, so as to serve as a fin; or a webbed foot might have all its bones, or certain bones, lengthened to any extent, and the membrane connecting them increased to any extent, so as to serve as a wing: yet in all this great amount of modification there will be no tendency to alter the framework of bones or the relative connexion of the several parts.
ONE day an Opossum who had gone to sleep hanging from the highest branch of a tree by the tail, awoke and saw a large Snake wound about the limb, between him and the trunk of the tree.
Their rifles made a common report, when, sinking on his wounded limb, part of the body of the savage came into view.