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Limb can refer to:

  • Limb (anatomy), an appendage of a human or animal
  • Limb darkening, in astronomy, the appearance of the border of the disk of a celestial body
  • Limb Music, a record label
  • Limb (album), a compilation album by Foetus
  • Limb, a large or main branch of a tree
  • Limb, in a measuring instrument, the graduated edge of a circle or arc
  • Limb, in botany, the border or upper spreading part of a sympetallous corolla, or of a petal or sepal
  • Limb, acronym of Laboratori d'Improvisaci√≥ Musical Bons√≥. A collective of open improvisers working in Barcelona, Spain.

1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

LIMB. (r) (In O. Eng. lint, cognate with the O. Nor. and Icel. limr, Swed. and Dan. lem; probably the word is to be referred to a root li- seen in an obsolete English word "lith," a limb, and in the Ger. Glied), originally any portion or member of the body, but now restricted in meaning to the external members of the body of an animal apart from the head and trunk, the legs and arms, or, in a bird, the wings. It is sometimes used of the lower limbs only, and is synonymous with "leg." The word is also used of the main branches of a tree, of the projecting spurs of a range of mountains, of the arms of a cross, &c. As a translation of the Lat. membrum, and with special reference to the church as the "body of Christ," "limb" was frequently used by ecclesiastical writers of the 16th and 17th centuries of a person as being a component part of the church; cf. such expressions as "limb of Satan," "limb of the law," &c. From the use of membrum in medieval Latin for an estate dependent on another, the name "limb" is given to an outlying portion of another, or to the surbordinate members of the Cinque Ports, attached to one of the principal towns; Pevensey was thus a "limb" of Hastings. (2) An edge or border, frequently used in scientific language for the boundary of a surface. It is thus used of the edge of the disk of the sun or moon, of the expanded part of a petal or sepal in botany, &c. This word is a shortened form of "limbo" or "limbus," Lat. for an edge, for the theological use of which see Limbls.


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Simple English

A limb is a part of the body of a living creature, which extends from its trunk. Examples are the branches of a tree, and the legs of a man.

In normal human body, there are four limbs: two upper limbs (arms) and two lower limbs (legs). Each limb has several joints.








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