AskDefine | Define limb

Dictionary Definition



1 one of the jointed appendages of an animal used for locomotion or grasping: arm; leg; wing; flipper
2 any of the main branches arising from the trunk or a bough of a tree [syn: tree branch]
3 (astronomy) the circumferential edge of the apparent disc of the sun or the moon or a planet
4 either of the two halves of a bow from handle to tip; "the upper limb of the bow"
5 the graduated arc that is attached to an instrument for measuring angles; "the limb of the sextant"
6 any projection that is thought to resemble an arm; "the arm of the record player"; "an arm of the sea"; "a branch of the sewer" [syn: arm, branch]

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  • /lɪm/


Etymology 1



  1. A major appendage of human or animal, used for locomotion (such as an arm, leg or wing)
  2. A branch of a tree.
  3. The part of the bow, from the handle to the tip.
major appendage of human or animal

Etymology 2

From limbus, "border".


  1. In the context of "astronomy": apparent visual edge of a celestial body; as, solar limb.
  2. In the context of "measuring instrument": the graduated edge of a circle or arc.


  1. To remove the limbs of an animal or tree.

Extensive Definition

Limb can have many meanings.
  • from the Old English lim:
    • Limb (anatomy), a limb is a jointed or prehensile appendage of the human or animal body
    • a large or main branch of a tree.
    • In social structure, a representative, branch or member of a group or organization.
  • From the Latin limbus:
    • In a measuring instrument, the graduated edge of a circle or arc.
    • In astronomy, designates the border or outermost edge of the apparent disk of a celestial body such as that due to limb darkening.
    • In botany, designates the border or upper spreading part of a sympetallous corolla or of a petal or sepal.


  • Limb Music, a record label.
  • an acronym for Look In (your) Mail Box
Scientifically limb is a part of a tree or plant that is located by the petal, stepal, and the stem.

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