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[n] 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"
[n] the graduated arc that is attached to an instrument for measuring angles; "the limb of the sextant"
[n] either of the two halves of a bow from handle to tip; "the upper limb of the bow"
[n] one of the jointed appendages of an animal used for locomotion or grasping: arm; leg; wing; flipper
[n] (astronomy) the circumferential edge of the apparent disc of the sun or the moon or a planet
[n] any of the main branches arising from the trunk or a bough of a tree


arm, branch, tree branch

Misc. Definitions

\Limb\ (l[i^]m), n. [OE. lim, AS. lim; akin to Icel. limr limb, lim branch of a tree, Sw. & Dan. lem limb; cf. also AS. li[eth], OHG. lid, gilid, G. glied, Goth. li[thorn]us. Cf. {Lith}, {Limber}.]
1. A part of a tree which extends from the trunk and separates into branches and twigs; a large branch.
2. 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. --Shak.
3. A thing or person regarded as a part or member of, or attachment to, something else. --Shak. That little limb of the devil has cheated the gallows. --Sir W. Scott.
4. An elementary piece of the mechanism of a lock. {Limb of the law}, a lawyer or an officer of the law. [Colloq.] --Landor.
\Limb\, v. t.
1. To supply with limbs. [R.] --Milton.
2. To dismember; to tear off the limbs of.
\Limb\, n. [L. limbus border. Cf. {Limbo}, {Limbus}.] A border or edge, in certain special uses. (a) (Bot.) The border or upper spreading part of a monopetalous corolla, or of a petal, or sepal; blade. (b) (Astron.) The border or edge of the disk of a heavenly body, especially of the sun and moon. (c) The graduated margin of an arc or circle, in an instrument for measuring angles.

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