limberly

limber

1 [lim-ber]
adjective
1.
characterized by ease in bending the body; supple; lithe.
2.
bending readily; flexible; pliant.
verb (used without object)
3.
to make oneself limber (usually followed by up ): to limber up before the game.
verb (used with object)
4.
to make (something) limber (usually followed by up ): She tried to limber up her wits before the exam.

Origin:
1555–65; perhaps akin to limb1

limberly, adverb
limberness, noun


2. pliable. See flexible.


1, 2. stiff. 2. rigid, unbending.
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limber1 (ˈlɪmbə)
 
adj
1.  capable of being easily bent or flexed; pliant
2.  able to move or bend freely; agile
 
[C16: origin uncertain]
 
'limberly1
 
adv
 
'limberness1
 
n

limber2 (ˈlɪmbə)
 
n
1.  part of a gun carriage, often containing ammunition, consisting of an axle, pole, and two wheels, that is attached to the rear of an item of equipment, esp field artillery
 
vb
2.  (usually foll by up) to attach the limber (to a gun, etc)
 
[C15 lymour shaft of a gun carriage, origin uncertain]

limber3 (ˈlɪmbə)
 
n
(often plural) nautical (in the bilge of a vessel) a fore-and-aft channel through a series of holes in the frames (limber holes) where water collects and can be pumped out
 
[C17: probably changed from French lumière hole (literally: light)]

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Word Origin & History

limber
1565, of uncertain origin, possibly from limb on notion of supple boughs of a tree, or from limp "flaccid," or somehow from M.E. lymer "shaft of a cart" (see limber (n.)).

limber
"detachable forepart of a gun carriage," 1480, probably related to Fr. limonière "wagon with two shafts," from limon "shaft," probably of Celtic origin.
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