limbo

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n limbo (theology) in Roman Catholicism, the place of unbaptized but innocent or righteous souls (such as infants and virtuous individuals)
    • n limbo an imaginary place for lost or neglected things
    • n limbo the state of being disregarded or forgotten
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Limbo (Anat) A border or margin; as, the limbus of the cornea.
    • Limbo A state of waiting, or uncertainty, in which final judgment concerning the outcome of a decision is postponed, perhaps indefinitely; neglect for an indefinite time; as, the proposal was left in limbo while opponents and proponents refused to compromise.
    • Limbo (Scholastic Theol) An spiritual region where certain classes of souls were supposed to await the last judgment. "As far from help as Limbo is from bliss.""A Limbo large and broad, since called
      The Paradise of fools."
    • Limbo Hence: Any real or imaginary place of restraint or confinement; a prison; as, to put a man in limbo .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n limbo A supposed border-land of hell; a region which has been believed by many to exist on the borders of hell, and to be the appointed abode of those who have not received the grace of Christ while living, and yet have not deserved the punishments of wilful and impenitent sinners. See the phrases.
    • n limbo Any similar region apart from this world.
    • n limbo A prison or other place of confinement; any place where things of little or doubtful value are deposited or thrown aside.
    • n limbo A kind of coarse cotton cloth worn by South Africans.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Limbo lim′bō an indefinite region in the intermediate state, the abode of those who have had no opportunity to accept Christ, of the souls of the pious who died before the time of Christ, and of the souls of unbaptised infants: a place of confinement, or where things are thrown aside
    • Limbo Also Lim′bus
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. limbus, border, edge in limbo, on the border. Cf. Limb border

Usage

In literature:

Back into the limbo of tradition and vagueness went the origin of that "war".
"The Roof Tree" by Charles Neville Buck
It's worth while being put in limbo to be set free in this fashion.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
I sent him to limbo.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
It went to the parliamentary limbo with many of its brethren.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
If the cursed rule-mongering and technical terms could be banished to limbo, something might be done.
"The Curse of Education" by Harold E. Gorst
Rough as these corduroyed streets are, they are very passable, and prevent us from sinking with our horses into a bottomless limbo.
"Three Years in the Federal Cavalry" by Willard Glazier
Ducal Palace: Christ in Limbo; Crossing of the Red Sea.
"The Venetian School of Painting" by Evelyn March Phillipps
Thus did Martin consign the boatswain to the limbo of memory.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
We left the lights of Apia and passed into limbo.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
In what limbo could he imagine her?
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 7" by Various
All that has long since been relegated to the half-forgotten limbo of superstitious things.
"Belford's Magazine, Volume II, No. 8, January, 1889" by Various
We're stationed out here in this limbo to watch Saturn and report any activity we see coming from there.
"Derelict" by Alan Edward Nourse
Reason stood suspended in a limbo of objective acceptance and subjective disbelief.
"Voyage To Eternity" by Milton Lesser
So a plan that does not bring results will soon be relegated to the limbo of unpractical and useless things.
"The Making of a Country Parish" by Harlow S. (Harlow Spencer) Mills
Thank heaven, none of them are permanent, and most of them speedily sink down into limbo.
"About London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
He was absolutely ready to fling Nita and the Rockingtons into limbo, but he was quite unable to set about such a business.
"The Duchess of Wrexe" by Hugh Walpole
Pleased to see your wits out of limbo!
"A Volunteer with Pike" by Robert Ames Bennet
He discards the idea that we lose virility when we cease to kill, and relegates the notion to the limbo of deceits.
"The Holy Earth" by L. H. Bailey
Fritz was swept away to limbo by her practical French philosophy.
"A Bed of Roses" by W. L. George
That will put the captain and his friends in limbo and give us some prize money.
"At the Fall of Port Arthur" by Edward Stratemeyer
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In poetry:

From out the limbo where lost roses go
The place we may not see,
With all its petals sweet and half-ablow,
One rose returned to me.
"The Gleaner" by Virna Sheard
Some stars shone timidly o'erhead;
And toward the west's cadaverous red--
Like some wild dream that haunts the dead
In limbo--the lean moon was led.
"A Reed Shaken In The Wind" by Madison Julius Cawein
Herald of Hope to the sad and faint-hearted,
Piper the gold of the world cannot pay,
Up from the limbo of things long departed
Memories you bring me to-day.
"The Robin" by Virna Sheard
This 'tis t' engage with dogs and bears
Pell-mell together by the ears,
And, after painful bangs and knocks, To lie in limbo in the stocks,
And from the pinnacle of glory
Fall headlong into purgatory.
"Hudibras: Part 3 - Canto I" by Samuel Butler
We had clomb till the limbo of spirits
Of darkness and crime deep below
Swung nebular; nor could we hear its
Lost wailings and moanings of woe,--
For we stood in a realm that inherits
A vanquishing virgin of snow.
"Musagetes" by Madison Julius Cawein
Now, dyed with burning carbuncle, a Limbo-litten pane,
Within its wall of storm, the West opens to hill and plain,
On which the wild geese ink themselves, a far triangled train;
And then the shuttering clouds close down--and night is here again.
"Sunset In Autumn" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

School, Interrupted, part 1 of 3: Lingering in limbo.
Yes, things at MGM are beyond a mess, with the studio in limbo until its sale goes thorugh -- or doesn't -- but the show must go on.
'Fun Size' gets lost in limbo of teen-flick genres.
The center had been in limbo since March 2011, when former director Heather Heineken left the job.
After 25 years in limbo, the Como Park Streetcar Bridge soon could get a new lease on life.
No longer must you practice your honey-dripped hobby in legal limbo.
Farm bill holdup leaves farmers in limbo.
Call it limbo of a salesman.
Baton Rouge, LA (FOX44) — Just a day after being arrested and charged with Simple Possession of Marijuana, Tyrann Mathieu's professional dreams are in limbo.
Venetian Snares Children's Limbo Find Candace 2003 0:13:37 ().
Maryland's Mega Millions mystery: 'Winner' in hiding , co-workers in limbo.
Inaction by Congress has wind energy in state of limbo.
Strikeforce stars still doing the limbo.
Two teenagers accused in the death of an elderly Norco woman in November were in court Tuesday for proceedings that were quickly closed to the public because the issue of whether the 16-year-olds will be tried as adults is back in limbo.
Mali leadership limbo holds up military action plan.
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In science:

But, with only two electrons, it is a benchmark system for which precision calculations and experiments ought to be possible to elucidate the dynamics of a system that displays physical behavior in limbo between that of molecule and that of an atom.
Multiphoton Dissociation of HeH+ below the He+(1s) + H(1s) Threshold
The absurdity of this direct consequence of the linearity of quantum dynamics is well dramatized by Schr¨odinger in his gedanken-experiment involving a poor cat (1935), which ends up in a limbo between definite states of being alive and being dead.
Why the Quantum Must Yield to Gravity
Our theoretical interpretation of the data is very much in limbo.
Heavy Flavour Physics: On Its More Than 50 Years Of History, Its Future And The Rio Manifesto
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