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limbed

[limd] /lɪmd/
adjective
1.
having a specified number or kind of limbs (often used in combination):
a long-limbed dancer.
Origin of limbed
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English; see limb1, -ed3
Related forms
underlimbed, adjective

limb1

[lim] /lɪm/
noun
1.
a 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.
Archery. the upper or lower part of a bow.
6.
Informal. a mischievous child, imp, or young scamp.
verb (used with object)
7.
to cut the limbs from (a felled tree).
Idioms
8.
out on a limb, in a dangerous or compromising situation; vulnerable:
The company overextended itself financially and was soon out on a limb.
Origin
before 900; Middle English, Old English lim; akin to Old Norse lim foliage, limr limb, līmi rod, Latin līmus aslant, līmen threshold
Related forms
limbless, adjective
Can be confused
limb, limn.
Synonyms
1. extremity. 2. See branch.
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Examples from the Web for limbed
Historical Examples
  • For our present purpose we may again divide the vertebrates into limbed and limbless.

  • He was gigantic in stature and limbed like the Farnesian Hercules.

    Percival Keene Frederick Marryat
  • He writhed and twisted like a limbed snake, and bit and tore with teeth and hands.

    Sea-Dogs All! Tom Bevan
  • Hurriedly he threw off his jacket and proceeded to climb the big pine, which, fortunately, was limbed to the ground.

    Corporal Cameron Ralph Connor
  • May the seventy-seven limbed thunderbolt strike you on St. Michael's day!

  • Built up and limbed as just described, our hero, as you may well imagine, must have been a man of prodigious bodily strength.

    Burl Morrison Heady
  • The men fell to with axes and saws while Harry limbed the logs and looked after the Mayor.

  • These small trees they limbed out, and cut up into pieces about three feet in length, just as a wood-chopper would cut cord wood.

    Shaggycoat Clarence Hawkes
  • But why should he have even one, seeing that in reality he is limbed like other people?

    Sleep and Its Derangements William A. Hammond
British Dictionary definitions for limbed

limbed

/lɪmd/
adjective
1.
  1. having limbs
  2. (in combination): short-limbed, strong-limbed

limb1

/lɪm/
noun
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.
(mainly Brit) a mischievous child (esp in limb of Satan or limb of the devil)
6.
out on a limb
  1. in a precarious or questionable position
  2. (Brit) isolated, esp because of unpopular opinions
verb
7.
(transitive) a rare word for dismember
Derived Forms
limbless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English lim; related to Old Norse limr

limb2

/lɪm/
noun
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.
(botany)
  1. the expanded upper part of a bell-shaped corolla
  2. the expanded part of a leaf, petal, or sepal
4.
either of the two halves of a bow
5.
Also called fold limb. either of the sides of a geological fold
Word Origin
C15: from Latin limbus edge
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Word Origin and History for limbed

limb

n.

"part or member," Old English lim "limb, joint, main branch of a tree," from Proto-Germanic *limu- (cf. Old Norse limr "limb," lim "small branch of a tree"), a variant of *liþu- (cf. Old English liþ, Old Frisian lith, Old Norse liðr, Gothic liþus "a limb;" and with prefix ga-, source of German Glied "limb, member"), from PIE root *lei- "to bend, be movable, be nimble." The parasitic -b began to appear late 1500s for no etymological reason (perhaps by influence of limb (n.2)). In Old and Middle English, and until lately in dialects, it could mean "any visible body part."

The lymmes of generacion were shewed manyfestly. [Caxton, "The subtyl historyes and fables of Esope, Auyan, Alfonce, and Poge," 1484]
Hence, limb-lifter "fornicator" (1570s). To go out on a limb in figurative sense "enter a risky situation" is from 1897. Life and limb in reference to the body inclusively is from c.1200.

late 14c., "edge of a quadrant or other instrument," from Latin limbus "border, hem, fringe, edge," of uncertain origin. Klein suggests cognate with Sanskrit lambate "hangs down," and English limp. But Tucker writes that "the sense appears to be that of something which twists, goes round, or binds ... not of something which hangs loose," and suggests cognates in Lithuanian linta "ribbon," Old Norse linnr "whether." Astronomical sense of "edge of the disk of a heavenly body" first attested 1670s.

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limbed in Medicine

limb (lĭm)
n.

  1. One of the paired jointed extremities of the body; an arm or a leg.

  2. A segment of such a jointed structure.

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limbed in Science
limb
  (lĭm)   
  1. One of the appendages of an animal, such as an arm of a starfish, the flipper of dolphins, or the arm and leg of a human, used for locomotion or grasping.

  2. The expanded tip of a plant organ, such as a petal or corolla lobe.

  3. The circumferential edge of the apparent disk of a celestial body.


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Slang definitions & phrases for limbed

limb

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Idioms and Phrases with limbed
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