- Flexible, pliant, bendable.
- He's so limber that he can kiss his knee without bending it.
- 1998, Joel and Ethan Coen, The Big Lebowski, spoken by The Dude (Jeff Bridges):
- This is a very complicated case, Maude. A lot of ins, a lot of outs. Fortunately, I'm adhering to a pretty strict drug regimen to keep my mind limber.
flexible — see flexible
- To cause to become limber; to make flexible or pliant.
- 1748, [Samuel Richardson], Clarissa. Or, The History of a Young Lady: […], volume (please specify |volume=I to VII), London: […] S[amuel] Richardson; […], OCLC 13631815:
- Her stiff hams, that have not been bent to a civility for ten years past, are now limbered into courtesies three deep at every word
to cause to become limber
limber (plural limbers)
- (military) A two-wheeled vehicle to which a wheeled artillery piece or caisson may be attached for transport.
- 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, p. 29:
- we covered the rutted, rattling, dusty pot-holed roads of coastal Victoria, six big Walers in front, the cannon at the rear, and that unsprung cart they called a ‘limber’ in the middle.
- (in the plural) The shafts or thills of a wagon or carriage.
- (nautical, in the plural) Gutters or conduits on each side of the keelson to allow water to pass to the pump well.
- Sometimes the plural limbers was used to refer to a single such vehicle.
- (obsolete) To prepare an artillery piece for transportation (i.e., to attach it to its limber.)
prepare an artillery piece for transportation
- Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.
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- limber in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911