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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English lyme, lim, from Old English lim (limb, branch), from Proto-Germanic *limuz (branch, limb). Cognate with Old Norse limr (limb). The silent -b began to appear in the late 1500s.


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.
    Synonym: 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.
  6. (botany) The part of a corolla beyond the throat.
    • 1945, “A new form of the moonvine Calonyction aculeatum with divided corolla limb, and length-of-day behavior and flowering of the common form”, in Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences, volume 35, number 2:
      The corolla limb of the moonvine Calonyction aculeatum is normally undivided.
  7. Short for limb of Satan (a wicked or mischievous child).
Derived termsEdit
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limb (third-person singular simple present limbs, present participle limbing, simple 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.

Etymology 2Edit

From Latin limbus (border).


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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