Definitions of limb

  1. 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. any of the main branches arising from the trunk or a bough of a tree
  3. the graduated arc that is attached to an instrument for measuring angles; " the limb of the sextant"
  4. either of the two halves of a bow from handle to tip; " the upper limb of the bow"
  5. one of the jointed appendages of an animal used for locomotion or grasping: arm; leg; wing; flipper
  6. ( astronomy) the circumferential edge of the apparent disc of the sun or the moon or a planet
  7. A part of a tree which extends from the trunk and separates into branches and twigs; a large branch.
  8. An arm or a leg of a human being; a leg, arm, or wing of an animal.
  9. A thing or person regarded as a part or member of, or attachment to, something else.
  10. An elementary piece of the mechanism of a lock.
  11. To supply with limbs.
  12. To dismember; to tear off the limbs of.
  13. A border or edge, in certain special uses.
  14. The border or upper spreading part of a monopetalous corolla, or of a petal, or sepal; blade.
  15. The border or edge of the disk of a heavenly body, especially of the sun and moon.
  16. The graduated margin of an arc or circle, in an instrument for measuring angles.
  17. A jointed part extending from an animal body, as a leg, an arm, or a wing; the branch of a tree.
  18. 1. An extremity, a member, an arm or leg. 2. A segment of any jointed structure.
  19. Applied to either leg or arm.
  20. A jointed part in animals: a projecting part: a branch of a tree.
  21. To supply with limbs: to tear off the limbs.
  22. An edge or border, as of the sun, etc.: the edge of a sextant, etc.
  23. One of the extremities of the body; branch of a tree; an edge or border.
  24. One of the jointed parts of an animal, as a leg or arm; also, a branch of a tree.
  25. An edge, or part, as of a disk or surface.
  26. An articulated extremity of the human body or an animal, as the arm or leg; a branch of a tree; a member.
  27. An edge or border, as of the sun, & c.; the border of a monopetalous corolla; the graduated edge of a sextant.
  28. To supply with limbs; to dismember. Limb of the law, a member of the legal profession.
  29. The part of an animal joined, as it were, to the body, as an arm or a leg; the branch of a tree; in bot., the blade of the leaf; the broad part of a sepal or petal.
  30. To supply with limbs; to dismember.
  31. The border or edge of the disc of a heavenly body, particularly of the sun or moon; the edge of a graduated circle in an instrument.
  32. Branch; arm; leg; wing.

Usage examples for limb

  1. From the centre of the bow thus formed, I hung the chicken by means of a limb with a hook on the lower end, so that the chicken nearly reached the ground. – In and Out of Rebel Prisons by Lieut. A. [Alonzo] Cooper
  2. You bent the limb. – King Spruce, A Novel by Holman Day
  3. Canada was not a mere dead limb of the British tree, ready to fall of its own weight. – George Brown by John Lewis
  4. Peregrine came close to him, and gently attempted to raise the wounded limb; whereupon Graham shuddered, and shook his head. – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
  5. " I should like to know exactly what he did see;- whether it was a limb or a bit of his coat. – The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope
  6. Finally, and after what seemed to me a full ten minutes, I contrived to seize Job Lord by the arm, and as I pulled at the limb Archie was able to get a hold on his throat, thus, as can well be imagined, bringing the fight to an end. – The Minute Boys of Boston by James Otis
  7. The separation of one limb would not injure the flavor of the rest of the animal. – The Physiology of Taste by Brillat Savarin
  8. The lynx appeared for a moment as if about to spring after; but the limb was a slender one, and he was not sure that he might be able to grasp it. – The Boy Hunters by Captain Mayne Reid
  9. I been looking for him myself, and-" " Bland Halliday, do you want to be torn limb from limb, right here on the public street before everybody? – The Thunder Bird by B. M. Bower
  10. Birdalone stood gazing on her, and trembling in every limb; too confused was she to think or do aught, though some image off light through the open door passed before her: but her feet seemed of lead, and, as in an evil dream, she had no might to move her limbs, and the minutes went by as she stood there half dead with fear. – The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris
  11. Then go one limb higher. – Selections From Poe by J. Montgomery Gambrill
  12. " Maybe it's the officers returning from the hunt," suggested Reade, who was on a lower limb of the next tree. – The High School Boys' Fishing Trip by H. Irving Hancock
  13. " Just as Isis had found the last limb but one of the murdered Osiris, loud songs of triumph and the flourish of trumpets resounded from the opposite shore. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  14. Running down the limb! – Phemie Frost's Experiences by Ann S. Stephens
  15. The girl lay still on the limb, trying not to draw the attention of the rooters. – Swamp Island by Mildred A. Wirt
  16. The difficulty was, no one would offer a limb. – Lotus Buds by Amy Carmichael
  17. Every eye turned upon the guilty Tarlton, who, now as pale as ashes and trembling in every limb, sank down upon his knees, and in a whining voice begged for mercy. – The Parent's Assistant by Maria Edgeworth
  18. He was on his back, with his face just above water, and he did not move a limb. – Northern Diamonds by Frank Lillie Pollock
  19. I was perfectly sound in wind and limb- then. – The Moon out of Reach by Margaret Pedler
  20. The elder, who was in the prime of youth and beauty, very large of limb, dark in color, cried considerably; whilst the younger one ... – Primitive Love and Love-Stories by Henry Theophilus Finck