limb
Pronunciation Noun

limb (plural limbs)

  1. 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.
  2. A branch of a tree.
    Synonyms: bough
  3. (archery) The part of the bow, from the handle to the tip.
  4. An elementary piece of the mechanism of a lock.
  5. 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 ↗:
  6. (botany) The part of a corolla beyond the throat.
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limb (limbs, present participle limbing; past and past participle limbed)

  1. (transitive) To remove the limbs from (an animal or tree).
    They limbed the felled trees before cutting them into logs.
  2. (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.
Synonyms
  • delimb
Translations Noun

limb (plural limbs)

  1. (astronomy) The apparent visual edge of a celestial body.
    solar limb
  2. (on a measuring instrument) The graduated edge of a circle or arc.
  3. (botany) The border or upper spreading part of a monopetalous corolla, or of a petal or sepal; blade.
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