• Limbs of the Law
    Limbs of the Law
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n limb any projection that is thought to resemble a human arm "the arm of the record player","an arm of the sea","a branch of the sewer"
    • n limb the graduated arc that is attached to an instrument for measuring angles "the limb of the sextant"
    • n limb either of the two halves of a bow from handle to tip "the upper limb of the bow"
    • n limb one of the jointed appendages of an animal used for locomotion or grasping: arm; leg; wing; flipper
    • n limb (astronomy) the circumferential edge of the apparent disc of the sun or the moon or a planet
    • n limb any of the main branches arising from the trunk or a bough of a tree
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Hind Limb of Allosaurus Hind Limb of Allosaurus

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: People drank gold powder mixed in with water in medieval Europe to relieve pain from sore limbs
    • n Limb (Bot) A border or edge, in certain special uses.
    • Limb A part of a tree which extends from the trunk and separates into branches and twigs; a large branch.
    • Limb A thing or person regarded as a part or member of, or attachment to, something else. "That little limb of the devil has cheated the gallows."
    • Limb An arm or a leg of a human being; a leg, arm, or wing of an animal. "A second Hector for his grim aspect,
      And large proportion of his strong-knit limbs ."
    • Limb An elementary piece of the mechanism of a lock.
    • Limb To dismember; to tear off the limbs of.
    • Limb To supply with limbs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Three million people in the United States have an impairment of the back or limbs that is a direct result of an accidental fall.
    • n limb A part or member of an animal body distinct from the head and trunk; an appendicular member; a leg, an arm, or a wing: often limited in meaning to the leg, at present general out of affected or prudish unwillingness to use the word leg.
    • n limb The branch of a tree: applied only to a branch of some size, and not to a small twig.
    • n limb The part of a bow above or below the grip or handle.
    • n limb A thing or person regarded as a part of something else; a part; a member: as, a limb of the devil; a limb of the law.
    • n limb A mischievous or roguish person, especially a young person; an imp; a scapegrace; a scamp.
    • n limb Synonyms See member.
    • limb To supply with limbs.
    • limb To dismember; tear or carve off the limbs of: as, to limb a turkey; to limb a tree.
    • n limb In astronomy, the border or outermost edge of the disk of the sun or moon.
    • n limb The graduated edge of a circle or other astronomical or surveying instrument, etc.
    • n limb In zoology, the lateral area or marginal band of the cephalic shield of trilobites on either side of the glabellum, corresponding to a pleuron of the thoracic region.
    • n limb In botany, the border or upper spreading part of a monopetalous corolla, or of a petal or sepal.
    • n limb In geology, that portion of an anticline or syncline which lies on either side respectively of the arch or trough. Also called leg and flank.
    • n limb In botany:
    • n limb The blade or broad part of a leaf.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Limb lim a jointed part in animals, the leg: a projecting part: a branch of a tree: a part of something else, as 'a limb of the law:' an imp, scapegrace, as 'a limb of Satan.'—v.t. to supply with limbs: to tear off the limbs of
    • n Limb lim an edge or border, as of the sun, &c.: the edge of a sextant, &c
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  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “Stillness and steadiness of features are signal marks of good breeding. Vulgar persons can't sit still, or at least must always work their limbs and features.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Brevity is the soul of wit, and tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes.”
  • Bhagavad Gita
    Bhagavad Gita
    “Even as a tortoise draws in its limbs, the wise can draw in their senses at will.”
  • Henry Miller
    “The man who looks for security, even in the mind, is like a man who would chop off his limbs in order to have artificial ones which will give him no pain or trouble.”
  • Elias Canetti
    “A modern man has nothing to add to modernism, if only because he has nothing to oppose it with. The well-adapted drop off the dead limb of time like lice.”
  • Frank Scully
    Frank Scully
    “Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?”


Out on a limb - If somebody's out on a limb, they are in a very exposed position and could get into difficulties.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. lim, AS. lim,; akin to Icel. limr, limb, lim, branch of a tree, Sw. & Dan. lem, limb; cf. also AS. lið, OHG. lid, gilid, G. glied, Goth. liþus,. Cf. Lith Limber
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. limbe—L. limbus.


In literature:

Rest your weary limbs, then, and open your wallet to eat.
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
The limbs are short, but capable of a quick, toddling gait.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
After the first half hour, release the limb and see if the bleeding has stopped.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI)" by Various
Ossaroo soon stripped the stag of its skin, cut the carcass into quarters, and hung them on the limb of a tree.
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Though the squirrels have taken to the trees, there has been no adaptive change in the structure of their limbs and feet.
"Man And His Ancestor" by Charles Morris
Short sections of the dead limbs broke off, however, and were embedded in the old pine.
"Wild Life on the Rockies" by Enos A. Mills
Why had the great leader stayed until the snapping of the limb had frightened him away?
"Connie Morgan in the Fur Country" by James B. Hendryx
With limbs still numb and weak I stumbled down the stairs to the sitting room where a faint light shone.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
At whatever {294} point the limb was cut off, the deficient part, and no more, was exactly reproduced.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
He felt unable to move his limbs.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

In poetry:

Up his mighty limbs he gather’d,
Took the coffin on his back;
And to fair Eliza’s bower
Hasten’d, by the well-known track.
"Aager And Eliza (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
My lord Barnàrd shall knowe of this,
Although I lose a limbe.
And ever whereas the bridges were broke,
He layd him downe to swimme.
"The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard" by Anonymous British
My limbs are wasted with a flame,
My feet are sore with travelling,
For, calling on my Lady's name,
My lips have now forgot to sing.
"La Bella Donna Della Mia Mente" by Oscar Wilde
As ev'ry limb some evil bears,
And ev'ry part some torment shares,
So shall those evils all attend
The wicked, without pause or end.
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren, (Part 2­), Or A Description Of Hell, An" by Rees Prichard
"The vigour of our limb is weak,
Our pulses move as with a load,
And only place upon our cheek
That burning spot which shames a god."
"The Gods And The Winds" by Alexander Anderson
With beating heart and trembling limb,
Swift hastes she; yet in ruth
That even for her country's sake,
She needs must veil the truth.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon

In news:

Falling limb kills owner of Virginia tree removal company .
(WTVR) – The owner of a New Kent County tree removal company was killed Thursday morning by a falling limb, New Kent Sheriff Farrar Howard Jr wrote in a press release.
For many, strokes can disable limbs, making even simple tasks next to impossible.
Rick Reilly visits Pamplona, Spain, to risk life and limb to run with the bulls.
Any man, woman, human being -- literally rot in jail, almost until his limbs fall off, while he waits for years to be tried.
There are very few sounds in the woods that bring your whole being into focus, but when a grouse thunders off of a spruce limb located just behind your right ear you tend to think of nothing else.
Is Pistorius' performance just the beginning for athletes with artificial limbs.
But the salamanders recover, with perfect new limbs growing back in weeks.
Tree limbs in downtown Macon (photo Josephine Bennett).
But Ms Chase and Ms McCloud go out on a limb in their new "Solo," presented by the Pilobolus Dance Theater on Tuesday night at the Joyce Theater.
Anne Mekalian lost her limbs after sepsis infection.
At War With Their Bodies, They Seek to Sever Limbs.
WASHINGTON, DC – A wild windstorm swept through here on Saturday, tossing broken tree limbs, downing power lines and forcing thousands of suburbanites to eat dinner by candlelight.
With the 2012 Paralympic Games nearing its final stretch, these devices show what lies ahead in prosthetics, from bionic limbs to incredibly sophisticated robotic hands.
But once upon a time it did have a photographer called John Gutmann, who took some fantastic pictures that almost always included more than one of the following Surrealist staples: limbs, masks, windows, words, streets, slanting angles.

In science:

We used the parameters derived in Section 7 in addition to a limb darkening coefficient of 0.4, a gravity darkening exponent of 0.08 and a secondary star (pole) temperature of 3375K.
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi
The spacecraft constraints (earth limb, sun, moon, etc) allowed us to slew to 103 of them within the first 1000 sec.
Swift's Ability to Detect Gamma-Ray Bursts
The constraint that we avoid the earth’s limb by 30 degrees prevented slewing to others.
Swift's Ability to Detect Gamma-Ray Bursts
Abstract. A direct and more general calculation of the limb effect connected with red-shift observations is obtained.
Application of Theorems on Null-Geodesics on the Solar Limb Effect
More consideration has been given recently to the so called ‘limb effect’ in connection with the red-shift observed for the spectra of the Sun.
Application of Theorems on Null-Geodesics on the Solar Limb Effect