limber

Can you dance the hula? Get into crazy yoga positions, or touch your toes? Then you're limber, meaning your body is pretty flexible and able to bend well.

Limber generally implies long and graceful limbs. Ballet dancers, it goes without saying, are limber. The term is also used for anything that's capable of being bent easily, such as a piece of metal or, in the metaphorical sense, someone's personality. More often, though, with this particular sense you'll find the word pliant used, implying easily manipulated. Good to be limber, less so to be pliant.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: limber

1
adjv
(used of artifacts) easily bent
cause to become limber
2
nv
a two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle used to pull a field gun or caisson
attach the limber
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: limber
1

adj (used of artifacts) easily bent

Synonyms
flexible, flexile
able to flex; able to bend easily

adj (used of persons' bodies) capable of moving or bending freely

Synonyms:
supple
flexible, flexile
able to flex; able to bend easily

adj (used of e.g. personality traits) readily adaptable

“a limber imagination”
Synonyms:
supple
flexible
capable of being changed

v cause to become limber

“The violist limbered her wrists before the concert”
Type of:
warm up
cause to do preliminary exercises so as to stretch the muscles
2

n a two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle used to pull a field gun or caisson

Type of:
horse-drawn vehicle
a wheeled vehicle drawn by one or more horses

v attach the limber

limber a cannon”
Synonyms:
limber up
Type of:
attach
cause to be attached
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