Meaning of limb

limb

Pronunciation: (lim), [key]
— n.
  1. a part or member of an animal body distinct from the head and trunk, as a leg, arm, or wing: the lower limbs; artificial limbs.
  2. a large or main branch of a tree.
  3. a projecting part or member: the four limbs of a cross.
  4. a person or thing regarded as a part, member, branch, offshoot, or scion of something: a limb of the central committee.
  5. the upper or lower part of a bow.
  6. a mischievous child, imp, or young scamp.
  7. in a dangerous or compromising situation; vulnerable: The company overextended itself financially and was soon out on a limb.
—v.t.
  1. to cut the limbs from (a felled tree).

limb

Pronunciation: (lim), [key]
— n.
  1. the edge of the disk of the sun, a moon, or a planet.
  2. the graduated edge of a quadrant or similar instrument.
    1. the upper spreading part of a gamopetalous corolla.
    2. the expanded portion of a petal, sepal, or leaf.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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