limp

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj limp not firm "wilted lettuce"
    • adj limp lacking in strength or firmness or resilience "gave a limp handshake","a limp gesture as if waving away all desire to know" G.K.Chesterton","a slack grip"
    • v limp walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury "The old woman hobbles down to the store every day"
    • v limp proceed slowly or with difficulty "the boat limped into the harbor"
    • n limp the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: As a defense mechanism, the North American Opossum closes its eyes and becomes totally limp. Basically it plays dead
    • n Limp A halt; the act of limping.
    • n Limp (Ore Washing) A scraper for removing poor ore or refuse from the sieve.
    • Limp Flaccid; flabby, as flesh.
    • Limp Lacking stiffness; flimsy; as, a limp cravat.
    • v. i Limp lĭmp To halt; to walk lamely. Also used figuratively.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • limp Lacking stiffness or firmness; weak in fiber or texture; flexible; limber; flaccid: applied to things or persons.
    • limp Lacking stability or firmness of character; inefficient; incapable.
    • limp To be inadequate or unsatisfactory.
    • limp To move with a halting or jerky step; walk lame: often used figuratively: as, a limping argument; limping verses.
    • n limp A halting step; the act of limping.
    • limp To happen; befall; chance.
    • limp To come upon; meet.
    • n limp A scraper of board or sheet-iron shaped like half the head of a small cask, used for scraping the ore off the sieve in the operation of hand-jigging.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Limp limp wanting stiffness, flexible: weak, flaccid.
    • v.i Limp limp to halt: to walk lamely—fig. as 'limping verses.'—n. act of limping: a halt
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Quotations

  • Stanislaw J. Lec
    Stanislaw J. Lec
    “He who limps is still walking.”
  • Latin Proverb
    Latin Proverb
    “He who walks with the lame learns how to limp.”
  • Walter Abish
    Walter Abish
    “America fears the unshaven legs, the unshaven men's cheeks, the aroma of perspiration, and the limp prick. Above all it fears the limp prick.”
  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “The person who lives with cripples will soon learn to limp.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. AS. lemp,healt lame, OHG. limphen, to limp, be weak; perh. akin to E. lame, or to limp, a √120
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. conn. with preceding. There is an A.S. adj. lemp-healt, halting.

Usage

In literature:

The raccoon had limped off to die, but to die free.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
The curtains over the oblong entrance hung limp and motionless and mute.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Then she looked down at Peter, piteously limp and still in her arms, and she drew a quick breath and made up her mind.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
The brittleness, if it had ever existed, was gone and the arm was limp.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
There was no sign of limp slovenliness about them.
"The Greater Power" by Harold Bindloss
An instant he quivered there, and then fell forward, glassy eyed and limp.
"The Treasure Trail" by Marah Ellis Ryan
Then the suffering beast limped painfully away down the path.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
She almost forgot to limp, but bethought herself in time, and gasped as he led her to an empty soap box at the side of the stable door.
"The Heart of Thunder Mountain" by Edfrid A. Bingham
The hands become limp and useless.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
But the giant had not cried out, and as I gripped him now, I felt his body limp.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
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In poetry:

From pleasure of the bed,
Dull as a worm,
His rod and its butting head
Limp as a worm,
His spirit that has fled
Blind as a worm.
"The Chambermaid's Second Song" by William Butler Yeats
I want to sing something-- but this is all--
I try and I try, but the rhymes are dull
As though they were damp, and the echoes fall
Limp and unlovable.
"A Scrawl" by James Whitcomb Riley
The nightingales are dumb, the blossom falls,
The hand I hold in mine is limp and cold,
The stars are dead that lived within your eyes.
Have pity on me, Chloe, I am old.
"Senex Ad Chloen" by Ethel Clifford
I come not here your morning hour to sadden,
A limping pilgrim, leaning on his staff,—
I, who have never deemed it sin to gladden
This vale of sorrows with a wholesome laugh.
"The Iron Gate" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
He is here in the room, in my arm,
His limp body hangs on the spin
Of the waltz we are dancing, a swarm
Of blood-drops is hemming us in!
Round and round! One! Two! Three! And his sin
Is red like his tongue lolling warm.
"After Hearing A Waltz" by Amy Lowell
Earth, so its part — their creed — that grey church
Taints me with sepulchral care, till pleasure faints.
Limp under suckling grief. Away from this !
Out in the live town's turmoil, all remiss,
Is nobler than such prolix grandeur paints.
"Melbourne Sonnets: VII In The Bank" by E J Rupert Atkinson

In news:

Limp Bizkit Signs With Cash Money.
Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst to star in CBS sitcom.
The Limp Bizkit frontman has signed on to star in a CBS sitcom that is being referred to as "Douchebag," in a move that is both surprising and terrifyingly real.
Emmanuel Sanders (88) limps as he is helped off the field after a play against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.
Lack of time and convenience are limp excuses .
In the last three months she noticed Courtney was limping.
Gio calls Lerner 'The pimp with the limp.
Nicks Limps And Leaps To Big Day For Giants.
The Brazilian limped off the field at the Madejski Stadium in last Saturday's 4-3 win over Reading and had to be replaced at halftime.
Current trends in pop music don't exactly give the impression that rock is dead, but they certainly depict it limping.
Joanna Hayes limped off the track four years ago and nearly retired.
Harden returns to practice, but Lin limps off with same injury .
Spent Stamps limp home after the last supper .
The Performers' goes limp and will close Sunday.
Broadway comedy 'The Performers' starring Alicia Silverstone goes limp and will close Sunday.
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In science:

There is a ‘mass gap’ in the sense that the correlation length ξ (p, q) satisfies limp↑pc (q ) ξ (p, q) < ∞.
The Random-Cluster Model
Let J(y ) , limp→∞ Jp (y ), and ˜J(y ) , supǫ>0 inf |z−y |≤ǫ J(z) the greater lower semi-continuous minorant of J.
Large deviations for Brownian motion in a random scenery
The quark feedback upon the instanton background is pretty limp and could be perturbatively incorporated as a small variation of instanton liquid parameters δn and δρ around their equilibrium values of n and ¯ρ.
Instanton vacuum at finite density of quark matter
As well known, S (Rd ) = pro j limp→∞ Sp (Rd ) is the Schwartz space of rapidly decreasing functions on Rd .
A note of spaces of test and generalized functions of Poisson white noise
Since limp→∞ pλα p = ∞, this means that λp > 0 for qγ = limγ→0+ qγ γ α = ∞. any p, which implies that limγ→0+ qγ = ∞.
Testing for Homogeneity with Kernel Fisher Discriminant Analysis
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