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Meaning of LIMBER

Pronunciation:  'limbur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  (used of persons' bodies) capable of moving or bending freely
  2. [adj]  (used of e.g. personality traits) readily adaptable; "a supple mind"; "a limber imagination"
  3. [v]  attach the limber, as to a cannon

LIMBER is a 6 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: flexible, flexile, limber up, supple
 See Also: attach



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Lim"ber\ (l[i^]m"b[~e]r), n. [For limmer, Icel. limar
    branches, boughs, pl. of lim; akin to E. limb. See {Limb} a
    1. pl. The shafts or thills of a wagon or carriage. [Prov.
    2. (Mil.) The detachable fore part of a gun carriage,
       consisting of two wheels, an axle, and a shaft to which
       the horses are attached. On top is an ammunition box upon
       which the cannoneers sit.
    3. pl. (Naut.) Gutters or conduits on each side of the
       keelson to afford a passage for water to the pump well.
    {Limber boards} (Naut.), short pieces of plank forming part
       of the lining of a ship's floor immediately above the
       timbers, so as to prevent the limbers from becoming
    {Limber box or chest} (Mil.), a box on the limber for
       carrying ammunition.
    {Limber rope}, {Limber chain}, or {Limber clearer} (Naut.), a
       rope or chain passing through the limbers of a ship, by
       which they may be cleared of dirt that chokes them.
    {Limber strake} (Shipbuilding), the first course of inside
       planking next the keelson.
  2. \Lim"ber\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Limbered} (-b[~e]rd); p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Limbering}.] (Mil.)
    To attach to the limber; as, to limber a gun.
    {To limber up}, to change a gun carriage into a four-wheeled
       vehicle by attaching the limber.
  3. \Lim"ber\, a. [Akin to limp, a. [root]125. See {Limp},
    Easily bent; flexible; pliant; yielding. --Milton.
          The bargeman that doth row with long and limber oar.
  4. \Lim"ber\, v. t.
    To cause to become limber; to make flexible or pliant.
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