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n. pl. lim·bos
1. often Limbo Roman Catholic Church The abode of unbaptized but innocent or righteous souls, as those of infants or virtuous individuals who lived before the coming of Christ.
2. A condition of prolonged uncertainty or neglect: Management kept her promotion in limbo for months.
[Middle English, from Medieval Latin (in) limbō, (in) Limbo, ablative of limbus, Limbo (conventionally thought to exist on the outer border of Hell), from Latin, border.]
n. pl. lim·bos
A West Indian dance in which the dancers repeatedly bend over backward and pass under a pole that is lowered slightly with each pass.
[Probably ultimately of African origin.]
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n, pl -bos
1. (Theology) (often capital) RC Church the supposed abode of infants dying without baptism and the just who died before Christ
2. an imaginary place for lost, forgotten, or unwanted persons or things
3. an unknown intermediate place or condition between two extremes: in limbo.
4. a prison or confinement
[C14: from Medieval Latin in limbo on the border (of hell)]
n, pl -bos
(Dancing) a Caribbean dance in which dancers pass, while leaning backwards, under a bar
[C20: origin uncertain]
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n., pl. -bos.
1. (often cap.) a region on the border of hell or heaven in Roman Catholic teaching, serving as the abode after death of unbaptized infants and of the righteous who died before the coming of Christ.
2. a place or state of oblivion for persons or things cast aside, forgotten, or out of date.
3. an intermediate, transitional, or midway state or place.
4. a place or state of imprisonment or confinement.
[1300–50; Middle English < Medieval Latin in limbō on hell's border (Latin: on the edge) =in on + limbō, abl. of limbus edge, border; compare limbus]
n., pl. -bos.
a dance from the West Indies in which the dancer bends backward from the knees and moves with a shuffling step under a horizontal bar that is lowered after each successive pass.
[1955–60; compare Jamaican E limba to bend; see limber1]
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A West Indian dance in which the dancer, bending backwards, passes under a horizontally supported stick, without touching it, to rhythmic accompaniment.
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|Noun||1.||limbo - the state of being disregarded or forgotten|
obscurity - an obscure and unimportant standing; not well known; "he worked in obscurity for many years"
|2.||limbo - an imaginary place for lost or neglected things|
|3.||limbo - (theology) in Roman Catholicism, the place of unbaptized but innocent or righteous souls (such as infants and virtuous individuals)|
fictitious place, imaginary place, mythical place - a place that exists only in imagination; a place said to exist in fictional or religious writings
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limbo[ˈlɪmbəʊ] N (Rel) (also Limbo) → limbo m; (= dance) → limbo m
to be in limbo [person] → quedarse nadando entre dos aguas
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n (= dance) → Limbo m
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limbo[ˈlɪmbəʊ] n (Rel) (also) (fig) → limbo
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