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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Limb  \Limb\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  supply  with  limbs.  [R.]  --Milton. 
 
  2.  To  dismember;  to  tear  off  the  limbs  of 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Limb  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Limb  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  limb 
  n  :  one  of  the  jointed  appendages  of  an  animal  used  for 
  locomotion  or  grasping:  arm;  leg;  wing;  flipper 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  LIMB,  n.  The  branch  of  a  tree  or  the  leg  of  an  American  woman. 
 
  'Twas  a  pair  of  boots  that  the  lady  bought, 
  And  the  salesman  laced  them  tight 
  To  a  very  remarkable  height  -- 
  Higher,  indeed,  than  I  think  he  ought  -- 
  Higher  than  _can_  be  right 
  For  the  Bible  declares  --  but  never  mind: 
  It  is  hardly  fit 
  To  censure  freely  and  fault  to  find 
  With  others  for  sins  that  I'm  not  inclined 
  Myself  to  commit. 
  Each  has  his  weakness,  and  though  my  own 
  Is  freedom  from  every  sin, 
  It  still  were  unfair  to  pitch  in 
  Discharging  the  first  censorious  stone. 
  Besides,  the  truth  compels  me  to  say 
  The  boots  in  question  were  _made_  that  way 
  As  he  drew  the  lace  she  made  a  grimace, 
  And  blushingly  said  to  him: 
  "This  boot,  I'm  sure  is  too  high  to  endure, 
  It  hurts  my  --  hurts  my  --  limb." 
  The  salesman  smiled  in  a  manner  mild, 
  Like  an  artless,  undesigning  child; 
  Then,  checking  himself,  to  his  face  he  gave 
  A  look  as  sorrowful  as  the  grave, 
  Though  he  didn't  care  two  figs 
  For  her  paints  and  throes, 
  As  he  stroked  her  toes, 
  Remarking  with  speech  and  manner  just 
  Befitting  his  calling:  "Madam,  I  trust 
  That  it  doesn't  hurt  your  twigs." 
  B.  Percival  Dike 
 
 




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