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