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Gutters or channels on each side of a ship's keelson that drain bilge water into the pump well.
[Probably alteration of French lumière, one of the limbers, from Old French lumiere, opening, light, from Late Latin lūmināria, pl. of lūmināre, window, from Latin, lamp; see luminary.]
(Nautical Terms) nautical (in the bilge of a vessel) a fore-and-aft channel through a series of holes in the frames (limber holes) where water collects and can be pumped out
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|Noun||1.||limbers - a channel or gutter on either side of a ship's keelson; carries bilge water into the pump well|
channel - a passage for water (or other fluids) to flow through; "the fields were crossed with irrigation channels"; "gutters carried off the rainwater into a series of channels under the street"