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Synonyms for limb

out on a limb

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Synonyms for limb

one of the jointed appendages of an animal used for locomotion or grasping: arm

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

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

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

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

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any projection that is thought to resemble a human arm

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References in classic literature ?
Nearer and nearer she came to where Tarzan of the Apes crouched upon his limb, the coils of his long rope poised ready in his hand.
Screaming with rage she suddenly charged, leaping high into the air toward Tarzan, but when her huge body struck the limb on which Tarzan had been, Tarzan was no longer there.
I no longer cared to play, but crouched trembling close to my limb.
No, shipmate; on the contrary, it is the easiest thing in life: the only awkward point is the sort of usage which our unhappy limbs may receive when we arrive at the bottom, and what sort of travelling trim we shall be in afterwards.
To my surprise and joy, however, he recovered himself, and disentangling his limbs from the fractured branches, he peered out from his leafy bed, and shouted lustily,
The bull struck full upon the small of his back across the limb, hung there for a moment with the ape-man still upon his breast, and then toppled over toward the ground.
Tarzan had felt the instantaneous relaxation of the body beneath him after the heavy impact with the tree limb, and as the other turned completely over and started again upon its fall toward the ground, he reached forth a hand and caught the branch in time to stay his own descent, while the ape dropped like a plummet to the foot of the tree.
Together we wormed our way along the waving pathway, but when we reached the end of the branch we found that our combined weight so depressed the limb that the cave's mouth was now too far above us to be reached.
We finally agreed that Tars Tarkas should return along the branch, leaving his longest leather harness strap with me, and that when the limb had risen to a height that would permit me to enter the cave I was to do so, and on Tars Tarkas' return I could then lower the strap and haul him up to the safety of the ledge.
Mos feerd for to ventur pon dis limb berry far - tis dead limb putty much all de way.
Mought ventur out leetle way pon de limb by myself, dat's true.
The anterior and posterior limbs in each member of the vertebrate and articulate classes are plainly homologous.
He began to regret that he had not constructed the wooden limbs more carefully and substantially.
May the heathen ruler of the winds confine in iron chains the boisterous limbs of noisy Boreas, and the sharp-pointed nose of bitter-biting Eurus.
Here is no danger impending,'' said Waldemar Fitzurse; ``are you so little acquainted with the gigantic limbs of your father's son, as to think they can be held within the circumference of yonder suit of armour?