• WordNet 3.6
    • adj limber (used of persons' bodies) capable of moving or bending freely
    • adj limber (used of artifacts) easily bent
    • adj limber (used of e.g. personality traits) readily adaptable "a supple mind","a limber imagination"
    • v limber cause to become limber "The violist limbered her wrists before the concert"
    • v limber attach the limber "limber a cannon"
    • n limber a two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle used to pull a field gun or caisson
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Limber Easily bent; flexible; pliant; yielding. "The bargeman that doth row with long and limber oar."
    • Limber (Naut) Gutters or conduits on each side of the keelson to afford a passage for water to the pump well.
    • Limber (Mil) The detachable fore part of a gun carriage, consisting of two wheels, an axle, and a shaft to which the horses are attached. On top is an ammunition box upon which the cannoneers sit.
    • Limber The shafts or thills of a wagon or carriage.
    • v. t Limber (Mil) To attach to the limber; as, to limber a gun.
    • v. t Limber To cause to become limber; to make flexible or pliant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • limber Easily bent; flexible; pliant; lithe; yielding: as, a limber rod; a limber joint.
    • limber To cause to become limber; render limber or pliant.
    • n limber The shaft or thill of a wagon: usually in the plural.
    • n limber The fore part of the carriage of a field-gun or cannon, consisting of two wheels and an axle, with a framework and a pole for the horses. On the top of the frame are two ammunition-chests (or sometimes one), which serve also as seats for two artillerymen. The limber is connected with the gun-carriage properly so called by an iron hook called the pintle, fastened into an eye in the trail or block which supports the cannon in the rear. When the gun is brought into action, it is unlimbered by unfastening the block from the pintle and laying it on the ground.
    • n limber Nautical, a hole cut through the floor-timbers as a passage for water to the pump-well.
    • limber To attach the limber to, as a gun; fasten together the two parts of a gun-carriage, in preparation for moving away: often with up.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Limber lim′bėr the part of a gun-carriage consisting of two wheels and a shaft to which the horses are attached
    • v.t Limber to attach to the limber, as a gun
    • adj Limber lim′bėr pliant, flexible
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
For limmer, Icel. limar, branches, boughs, pl. of lim,; akin to E. limb,. See Limb a branch
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See limp (adj.).


In literature:

I took shelter behind a smashed-up limber, and waited to see where the next would fall.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
It's just ragging, like they do at the quarters, only not so limber.
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
Lady Clifton-Wyatt's limber attitude grew erect, deadly, ominously hostile.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
Curtis Morgan was a slim and limber man, with a small head and a big mouth, a most flexible and plastic organ.
"The Bondboy" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
I directed that my right or fifth piece should be first limbered up.
"Campaign of Battery D, First Rhode Island light artillery." by Ezra Knight Parker
And how could they load when the seats and the limber-boxes were still locked, and when the gun was still covered?
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
There was an arrow through its neck, and the little body was still limber.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
I got out and walked about to limber up a little for the rest of the trip.
"From the Rapidan to Richmond and the Spottsylvania Campaign" by William Meade Dame
They can be drawn (with a good supply of ammunition in the limbers), by two horses over any kind of road.
"History of Morgan's Cavalry" by Basil W. Duke
Limber those stainless steel hinges of yours and be friendly.
"B-12's Moon Glow" by Charles A. Stearns
Many curious eyes watched them limber up their arms for the work before them.
"Jack Winters' Baseball Team" by Mark Overton
My fingers ain't quite so limber as they was!
"The Pearl of Orr's Island" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
A long bone will then become so limber that it can be tied into a knot.
"Health Lessons" by Alvin Davison
Have tried and discarded Ben Davis and Limber Twig.
"The Apple" by Various
Many a seasoned veteran found himself exceedingly limber under such circumstances.
"Si Klegg, Book 1 (of 6) His Transformation From A Raw Recruit To A Veteran" by John McElroy
But one man was now left to manage the six horses attached to each limber.
"Si Klegg, Book 6 (of 6) Si And Shorty, With Their Boy Recruits, Enter On The Atlanta Campaign" by John McElroy
My nose feels rather limber.
"The Story of Old Fort Loudon" by Charles Egbert Craddock
And the limberness has gone out of my fingers as out of my mind.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
Limber Tim no longer wrestled with saplings or picket-fences, or even his limber legs.
"First Fam'lies of the Sierras" by Joaquin Miller
I usually start my work by limbering up slowly, and on the first day I do not pitch at all.
"Pitching in a Pinch" by Christy Mathewson

In poetry:

Lower the sails of pride, rash youth,--
Stand to the lowly tiller of truth;
Quick, or your limber bark shall be
The sport of the winds on a stormy sea!
"Forty" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
tell if I'm talking English, German or
just typewriting: that what he utters
I may enjoy as an alien rigmarole.) I ought
to outlast the limber dragonflies
"Thanksgiving for a Habitat" by W H Auden
Preacher, he halted up his hoss,
Ask'd for Miss Spense an' Deely,
Tew limber up his tongue a mite,
And sez right slick an' mealy:
"Brother, I really want tew know
Hev you got religion? Samson, whoa!"
"Old Spense" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
The plunging limbers over the shattered track
Racketed with their rusty freight,
Stuck out like many crowns of thorns,
And the rusty stakes like sceptres old
To stay the flood of brutish men
Upon our brothers dear.
"Dead Man's Dump" by Isaac Rosenberg
"Ye mossy springs, and grass more soft than sleep,
And arbute green with thin shade sheltering you,
Ward off the solstice from my flock, for now
Comes on the burning summer, now the buds
Upon the limber vine-shoot 'gin to swell."
"Eclogue 7: Meliboeus Corydon Thrysis" by Publius Vergilius Maro
"Ye mossy springs, and grass more soft than sleep,
And arbute green with thin shade sheltering you,
Ward off the solstice from my flock, for now
Comes on the burning summer, now the buds
Upon the limber vine-shoot 'gin to swell."
"Eclogue VII" by Virgil

In news:

Harvard scientists have built a new type of flexible robot that is limber enough to wiggle and worm through tight spaces.
Limber Up For the 30th Me N Ed's Cross City Race.
Ancient limber pine, likely Oregon's oldest living tree, draws twin brothers to Wallowas quest (photo essay, video).
INTERVIEWS Listen to Shit Robot's Loose and Limber 'Space Race'.
Sinuous - an adjective that can describe a graceful shape (curving, winding, meandering) or a movement (supple, flexible, limber ).
Stretching Guide to Loose and Limber Muscles.
Red Hat Shows a More Limber Linux ( Page 1 of 2 ).
The 40-year-old Beverly Hills 90210 star showed off her super toned physique as she limbered up with five-year-old Fiona and her teammates at the LA playing field.
Paulinho da Viola, limber and elegant at 70, is a messenger of samba de morro, the music of the 1930s from the hills around Rio, in its calmest form.
Arizona Beverages is limbering up to launch a new, caffeinated cold drink in a can — and is angling to score another hit by slapping Joe DiMaggio's image on it.
Limber ladies crammed into a tiny car, charity stunts and thousands of schoolchildren stacking cups are just some of the events happening around the globe on Thursday to celebrate Guinness World Records day.
Another great option for balance, circulation, digestion and staying limber is yoga.
Arch Rival Roller Girls limber up to kick some Muñecas booty.
Chef Debra Paquette shows off her limber tongue (and sense of humor) at a photo shoot this fall when her restaurant was named Best of Nashville.
Limber up and SMACK this CELEB.

In science:

For further details see e.g., Limber (1959).
R3 fluids
Limber equation and smal l angle approximation We are primarily interested in the statistical properties of the lensing fields, which are given by the moments of the field.
Gravitational Lensing by Large Scale Structures: A Review
The jump from the 3-D wave vector k to the 2-D angular wave vector s is ensured from the line of sight integration using the Limber approximation (Limber, 1954).
Gravitational Lensing by Large Scale Structures: A Review
If only angular positions are observed, the redshift distribution N (z ) must be measured spectroscopically and used to invert the Limber equation as described in Giavalisco et al. (1998).
Galaxy Formation
Z dDDW X (D)W X ′ where D is the comoving distance and we used the Limber approximation which is valid for large ℓ. ∆ζ ζ (a0 , k) is the rms amplitude of curvature fluctuations on comoving hypersurfaces at some time given by a = a0 during the matter-dominated era.
Consistency test of general relativity from large scale structure of the Universe
Di , and at the same scale k = ℓ/Di in the Limber approximation.
Consistency test of general relativity from large scale structure of the Universe
We will consider that the Limber approximation is valid for all those observables in the angular range of interest.
A step towards testing general relativity using weak gravitational lensing and redshift surveys
FIG. 2: Pro jected galaxy over-density angular power spectrum as a function of multipole ℓ as defined in Eq. 21 and Eq. 23 (solid line) and its limber approximation as defined in Eq. 23 (dashed line).
A step towards testing general relativity using weak gravitational lensing and redshift surveys
Obviously, the wider the redshift bin the better is the Limber approximation but it is not a very accurate one except at smaller scales.
A step towards testing general relativity using weak gravitational lensing and redshift surveys
The approximation made by Limber consists in assuming that the width of the functions p1 and p2 is much greater than the correlation length of ξ .
Understanding Lyman-alpha emitters
If the slope of the spatial correlation function ξ is γ , then Limber’s equation yields the observed angular correlation function ω with a slope of γ - 1.
Understanding Lyman-alpha emitters
Notice that the Limber approximation has nothing to do with the “small angle” approximation used to simplify the trigonometric functions in the previous equations.
Understanding Lyman-alpha emitters
Thus, for de-pro jecting LAE correlation functions, Limber’s simplifying assumption should be avoided.
Understanding Lyman-alpha emitters
We choose this lower limit in order to be able to apply the Limber approximation when computing lensing power spectra.
Tests of Gravity from Imaging and Spectroscopic Surveys
The situation appeared to be in agreement with expectations and these data were analyzed via Limber equation to go from angular to space coordinates.