from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Bending or flexing readily; pliable.
- adj. Capable of moving, bending, or contorting easily; supple.
- transitive v. To make limber: limbered up his legs.
- intransitive v. To make oneself limber: players limbering up before the game.
- n. A two-wheeled, horse-drawn vehicle used to tow a field gun or a caisson.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Flexible, pliant, bendable.
- n. A two-wheeled, horse-drawn vehicle used to pull an artillery piece into battle.
- v. To prepare an artillery piece for transportation (i.e., to attach it to its limber.)
- v. To cause to become limber; to make flexible or pliant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The shafts or thills of a wagon or carriage.
- n. 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.
- n. Gutters or conduits on each side of the keelson to afford a passage for water to the pump well.
- transitive v. To attach to the limber.
- adj. Easily bent; flexible; pliant; yielding.
- transitive v. To cause to become limber; to make flexible or pliant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Easily bent; flexible; pliant; lithe; yielding: as, a limber rod; a limber joint.
- To cause to become limber; render limber or pliant.
- n. The shaft or thill of a wagon: usually in the plural.
- n. The fore part of the carriage of a field-gun or cannon, consisting of two wheels and an axle, with a framework and a pole for the horses.
- n. Nautical, a hole cut through the floor-timbers as a passage for water to the pump-well.
- To attach the limber to, as a gun; fasten together the two parts of a gun-carriage, in preparation for moving away: often with up.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (used of e.g. personality traits) readily adaptable
- v. cause to become limber
- v. attach the limber
- adj. (used of artifacts) easily bent
- adj. (used of persons' bodies) capable of moving or bending freely
- n. a two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle used to pull a field gun or caisson
Alteration of Middle English limour, shaft of a cart, perhaps from limon, from Old French.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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For the obsolete limmer, from Old Norse limar ("branches"), plural of lim. (Wiktionary)