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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.]


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(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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Noun1.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"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
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He pointed to the French guns, the limbers of which were being detached and hurriedly removed.
A battery of artillery followed, the cannoneers riding with folded arms on limber and caisson.
Now this was written at a time when the black limber bone of the Greenland or Right whale was largely used in ladies' bodices.
She made this sacrifice as a matter of religious etiquette; as a thing necessary just now, but by no means to be wrested into a precedent; no, a week or two would limber up her piety, then she would be rational again, and the next two dollars that got left out in the cold would find a comforter--and she could name the comforter.
As the limber gunners went to the rear, his horse trod in a rabbit hole and came down, throwing him into a depression of the ground.
But what most puzzled and confounded you was a long, limber, portentous, black mass of something hovering in the centre of the picture over three blue, dim, perpendicular lines floating in a nameless yeast.