- IPA: /lɪm/
limb (plural limbs)
- A major appendage of human or animal, used for locomotion (such as an arm, leg or wing).
- 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, chapter I, in Nobody, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, published 1915, OCLC 40817384 ↗:
- Three chairs of the steamer type, all maimed, comprised the furniture of this roof-garden, with […] on one of the copings a row of four red clay flower-pots filled with sun-baked dust from which gnarled and rusty stalks thrust themselves up like withered elfin limbs.
- A branch of a tree.
- Synonyms: bough
- (archery) The part of the bow, from the handle to the tip.
- An elementary piece of the mechanism of a lock.
- A thing or person regarded as a part or member of, or attachment to, something else.
- 1814 July 6, [Walter Scott], Waverley; or, ’Tis Sixty Years Since. In Three Volumes, volume (
please specify ), Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. for Archibald Constable and Co.; London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, OCLC 270129598 ↗:
- (botany) The part of a corolla beyond the throat.
- French: membre, extrémité
- German: Glied, Gliedmaße, Extremitäten
- Italian: membra, arto, tentacolo
- Portuguese: membro
- Russian: коне́чность
- Spanish: miembro, extremidad
limb (limbs, present participle limbing; past and past participle limbed)
- (transitive) To remove the limbs from (an animal or tree).
- They limbed the felled trees before cutting them into logs.
- (transitive) To supply with limbs.
, Henry D. Thoreau, Walden
- Man was not made so large limbed and robust but that he must seek to narrow his world and wall in a space such as fitted him.
- French: démembrer
- German: zergliedern
- Portuguese: desmembrar (animals), desgalhar (trees)
- Russian: расчленя́ть
limb (plural limbs)
- (astronomy) The apparent visual edge of a celestial body.
- solar limb
- (on a measuring instrument) The graduated edge of a circle or arc.
- (botany) The border or upper spreading part of a monopetalous corolla, or of a petal or sepal; blade.
- French: limbe