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Limbo vs. Limb

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Limbonoun

(Roman Catholic theology, since circa 400 A.D.) The place where innocent souls exist temporarily until they can enter heaven, notably those of the saints who died before the advent of Christ (limbus patruum) and those of unbaptized but innocent children (limbus infantum).

Limbnoun

A major appendage of human or animal, used for locomotion (such as an arm, leg or wing).

Limbonoun

(by extension, since the 16th century) Any in-between place, state or condition of neglect or oblivion which results in an unresolved status, delay or deadlock.

‘My application has been stuck in bureaucratic limbo for two weeks.’;

Limbnoun

A branch of a tree.

Limbonoun

A dance played by taking turns crossing under a horizontal bar or stick. The stick is lowered with each round, and the game is won by the player who passes under the bar in the lowest position.

Limbnoun

(archery) The part of the bow, from the handle to the tip.

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Limboverb

To dance in this way.

Limbnoun

An elementary piece of the mechanism of a lock.

Limbonoun

An spiritual region where certain classes of souls were supposed to await the last judgment.

‘As far from help as Limbo is from bliss.’; ‘A Limbo large and broad, since calledThe Paradise of fools.’;

Limbnoun

A thing or person regarded as a part or member of, or attachment to, something else.

Limbonoun

Hence: Any real or imaginary place of restraint or confinement; a prison; as, to put a man in limbo.

Limbnoun

(astronomy) The apparent visual edge of a celestial body.

‘solar limb’;

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Limbonoun

A state of waiting, or uncertainty, in which final judgment concerning the outcome of a decision is postponed, perhaps indefinitely; neglect for an indefinite time; as, the proposal was left in limbo while opponents and proponents refused to compromise.

Limbnoun

(on a measuring instrument) The graduated edge of a circle or arc.

Limbonoun

A border or margin; as, the limbus of the cornea.

Limbnoun

(botany) The border or upper spreading part of a monopetalous corolla, or of a petal or sepal; blade.

Limbonoun

A West Indian dance contest, in which participants must dance under a pole which is lowered successively until only one participant can successfully pass under, without falling. It is often performed at celebrations, such as weddings.

Limbverb

(transitive) To remove the limbs from (an animal or tree).

‘They limbed the felled trees before cutting them into logs.’;

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Limbonoun

the state of being disregarded or forgotten

Limbverb

(transitive) To supply with limbs.

Limbonoun

an imaginary place for lost or neglected things

Limbnoun

A part of a tree which extends from the trunk and separates into branches and twigs; a large branch.

Limbonoun

(theology) in Roman Catholicism, the place of unbaptized but innocent or righteous souls (such as infants and virtuous individuals)

Limbnoun

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.’;

Limbo

In Catholic theology, Limbo (Latin limbus, edge or boundary, referring to the edge of Hell) is the viewpoint concerning the afterlife condition of those who die in original sin without being assigned to the Hell of the Damned. Medieval theologians of Western Europe described the underworld (, , ) as divided into four distinct parts: Hell of the Damned, Purgatory, Limbo of the Fathers or Patriarchs, and Limbo of the Infants.

‘hell’; ‘hades’; ‘infernum’;

Limbnoun

A thing or person regarded as a part or member of, or attachment to, something else.

‘That little limb of the devil has cheated the gallows.’;

Limbnoun

An elementary piece of the mechanism of a lock.

Limbnoun

A border or edge, in certain special uses.

Limbverb

To supply with limbs.

Limbverb

To dismember; to tear off the limbs of.

Limbnoun

one of the jointed appendages of an animal used for locomotion or grasping: arm; leg; wing; flipper

Limbnoun

any of the main branches arising from the trunk or a bough of a tree

Limbnoun

(astronomy) the circumferential edge of the apparent disc of the sun or the moon or a planet

Limbnoun

either of the two halves of a bow from handle to tip;

‘the upper limb of the bow’;

Limbnoun

the graduated arc that is attached to an instrument for measuring angles;

‘the limb of the sextant’;

Limbnoun

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’;

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