an arm or leg of a person or four-legged animal, or a bird's wing.
a large branch of a tree.
a projecting landform such as a spur of a mountain range, or each of two or more such projections as in a forked peninsula or archipelago.
a projecting section of a building.
a branch of a cross.
each half of an archery bow.
life and limb
life and all bodily faculties:
a reckless disregard for life and limb.
out on a limb
in or into a dangerous or uncompromising position, where one is not joined or supported by anyone else; vulnerable:
she's prepared to go out on a limb and do something different.
tear someone limb from limb
violently dismember someone.DERIVATIVES:
adj. [in combination]
the edge of the disk of a celestial object, esp. the sun or moon.
the blade or broad part of a leaf or petal.
the spreading upper part of a tube-shaped flower.
the graduated arc of a quadrant or other scientific instrument, used for measuring angles.
, brim, crim, dim, glim, grim, Grimm, gym, him, hymn, Jim, Kim, limb, limn, nim, prim, quim, rim, scrim, shim, Sim, skim, slim, swim, Tim, trim, vim, whim
•poem • goyim • cherubim • Hasidim
•Elohim • Sikkim • Joachim • prelim
•forelimb • Muslim • Blenheim
•paynim • minim • pseudonym
•homonym • anonym • synonym
•eponym • acronym • antonym
•metonym • Antrim • megrim
•Leitrim • pilgrim • Purim • interim
•passim • maxim • kibbutzim
•Midrashim • literatim
•system • ecosystem • subsystem
•item • Ashkenazim
part of the body, spec. a member such as the arm, leg, wing; branch (l. of Satan
, etc., imp, mischievous person; in OE. dēofles limu
‘devil's limbs’; whence simply limb
XVII) OE. lim
n., pl. limu
, corr. to ON. limr
m.; prob. rel. to OE. lið
limb ( = Du. lid
; see LAY-FIGURE
). Parasitic b
prob. arose in obl. forms, and has now disappeared in pronunc.
An appendage of a vertebrate animal, such as the leg or arm of a mammal or the wing of a bird. See also pentadactyl limb
The expanded upper part of a sepal, petal, or leaf. 3.
The widened upper section of a gamopetalous corolla
†limbo of Hell XV; B.
edge or boundary of a surface or instrument XVI. — F. limbe
or its source L. limbus
go out on a limb put oneself in a position where one is not joined or supported by anyone else.
life and limb life and all one's bodily faculties.