limb

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
limb1 /lɪm/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Anatomyone of the paired bodily parts of animals, used esp. for moving or grasping;
    a leg, arm, or wing.
  2. a large or main branch of a tree.
Idioms
  1. Idiomsout on a limb, in a risky or dangerous situation.
  2. risk life and limb, to take a dangerous risk or chance that could result in physical injury or harm.

limb•less, adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
limb1  (lim),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Anatomy, Zoologya part or member of an animal body distinct from the head and trunk, as a leg, arm, or wing:the lower limbs; artificial limbs.
  2. a large or main branch of a tree.
  3. a projecting part or member:the four limbs of a cross.
  4. a person or thing regarded as a part, member, branch, offshoot, or scion of something:a limb of the central committee.
  5. Sport[Archery.]the upper or lower part of a bow.
  6. Informal Termsa mischievous child, imp, or young scamp.
  7. Idiomsout on a limb, in a dangerous or compromising situation;
    vulnerable:The company overextended itself financially and was soon out on a limb.

v.t. 
  1. to cut the limbs from (a felled tree).
limbless, adj. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English, Old English lim; akin to Old Norse lim foliage, limr limb, līmi rod, Latin līmus aslant, līmen threshold
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged extremity.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  branch. 

limb2  (lim),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Astronomythe edge of the disk of the sun, a moon, or a planet.
  2. Surveyingthe graduated edge of a quadrant or similar instrument.
  3. [Bot.]
    • the upper spreading part of a gamopetalous corolla.
    • the expanded portion of a petal, sepal, or leaf.
  • Latin limbus; see limbus2, limbo1
  • Middle English 1350–1400


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

limb /lɪm/ n
  1. an arm or leg, or the analogous part on an animal, such as a wing
  2. any of the main branches of a tree
  3. a branching or projecting section or member; extension
  4. a person or thing considered to be a member, part, or agent of a larger group or thing
  5. chiefly Brit a mischievous child (esp in limb of Satan or limb of the devil)
  6. out on a limbin a precarious or questionable position
  7. Brit isolated, esp because of unpopular opinions
Etymology: Old English lim; related to Old Norse limr

ˈlimbless adj
limb /lɪm/ n
  1. the edge of the apparent disc of the sun, a moon, or a planet
  2. a graduated arc attached to instruments, such as the sextant, used for measuring angles
  3. the expanded upper part of a bell-shaped corolla
  4. the expanded part of a leaf, petal, or sepal
  5. either of the two halves of a bow
  6. Also called: fold limb either of the sides of a geological fold
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin limbus edge



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