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Meaning of LIMB

Pronunciation:  lim

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any projection that is thought to resemble an arm; "the arm of the record player"; "an arm of the sea"; "a branch of the sewer"
  2. [n]  the graduated arc that is attached to an instrument for measuring angles; "the limb of the sextant"
  3. [n]  either of the two halves of a bow from handle to tip; "the upper limb of the bow"
  4. [n]  one of the jointed appendages of an animal used for locomotion or grasping: arm; leg; wing; flipper
  5. [n]  (astronomy) the circumferential edge of the apparent disc of the sun or the moon or a planet
  6. [n]  any of the main branches arising from the trunk or a bough of a tree

LIMB is a 4 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: arm, branch, tree branch
 See Also: appendage, appendicular skeleton, arc, arm, border, bough, bow, branch, crus, cubitus, edge, extremity, flipper, forearm, forelimb, hind limb, leg, member, octant, part, portion, projection, sextant, stick, stump, thigh, tree



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Limb\ (l[i^]m), n. [OE. lim, AS. lim; akin to Icel. limr
    limb, lim branch of a tree, Sw. & Dan. lem limb; cf. also AS.
    li[eth], OHG. lid, gilid, G. glied, Goth. li[thorn]us. Cf.
    {Lith}, {Limber}.]
    1. A part of a tree which extends from the trunk and
       separates into branches and twigs; a large branch.
    2. An arm or a leg of a human being; a leg, arm, or wing of
       an animal.
             A second Hector for his grim aspect, And large
             proportion of his strong-knit limbs.  --Shak.
    3. A thing or person regarded as a part or member of, or
       attachment to, something else. --Shak.
             That little limb of the devil has cheated the
             gallows.                              --Sir W.
    4. An elementary piece of the mechanism of a lock.
    {Limb of the law}, a lawyer or an officer of the law.
       [Colloq.] --Landor.
  2. \Limb\, v. t.
    1. To supply with limbs. [R.] --Milton.
    2. To dismember; to tear off the limbs of.
  3. \Limb\, n. [L. limbus border. Cf. {Limbo}, {Limbus}.]
    A border or edge, in certain special uses.
    (a) (Bot.) The border or upper spreading part of a
        monopetalous corolla, or of a petal, or sepal; blade.
    (b) (Astron.) The border or edge of the disk of a heavenly
        body, especially of the sun and moon.
    (c) The graduated margin of an arc or circle, in an
        instrument for measuring angles.
Biology Dictionary
  1. A leg or arm.
  2. A branch of a tree.
  3. The upper, free, spreading portion of a corolla or perianth that is connate at the base.
Thesaurus Terms
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