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Meaning of LIMBO

Pronunciation:  'limbow

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (theology) the abode of infants who die before baptism
  2. [n]  an imaginary place for lost or neglected things
  3. [n]  the state of being disregarded or forgotten

LIMBO is a 5 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: oblivion
 See Also: imaginary place, obscurity



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Lim"bo\ (l[i^]m"b[-o]), Limbus \Lim"bus\ (-b[u^]s), n.
[L. limbus border, edge, in limbo on the border. Cf. {Limb}
1. (Scholastic Theol.) An extramundane region where certain
   classes of souls were supposed to await the judgment.

         As far from help as Limbo is from bliss. --Shak.

         A Limbo large and broad, since called The Paradise
         of fools.                             --Milton.

Note: The limbus patrum was considered as a place for the
      souls of good men who lived before the coming of our
      Savior. The limbus infantium was said to be a similar
      place for the souls of unbaptized infants. To these was
      added, in the popular belief, the limbus fatuorum, or
      fool's paradise, regarded as a receptacle of all vanity
      and nonsense.

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

3. (Anat.) A border or margin; as, the limbus of the cornea.

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