limb

Willing to pay an arm and a leg for those World Series tickets? Then you're willing to give up two of your limbs for the season's biggest baseball games.

Arms, legs, wings, flippers — these are all examples of limbs. But we shouldn't leave out the trees. They've got plenty of large branches or limbs as well. In fact, when you expose yourself to potentially negative consequences in order to help someone else, it's called "going out on a limb" — like crawling out on a big tree branch. Not a flipper.

Definitions of limb
  1. noun
    one of the jointed appendages of an animal used for locomotion or grasping: arm; leg; wing; flipper
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    hind limb, hindlimb
    a posterior appendage such as a leg or the homologous structure in other animals
    forelimb
    the front limb (or the homologous structure in other animals, such as a flipper or wing)
    flipper
    the flat broad limb of aquatic animals specialized for swimming
    leg
    a human limb; commonly used to refer to a whole limb but technically only the part of the limb between the knee and ankle
    crus
    the leg from the knee to foot
    leg
    a structure in animals that is similar to a human leg and used for locomotion
    thigh
    the part of the leg between the hip and the knee
    arm
    a human limb; technically the part of the superior limb between the shoulder and the elbow but commonly used to refer to the whole superior limb
    cubitus
    the arm from the elbow to the fingertips
    forearm
    the part of the superior limb between the elbow and the wrist
    prehensor
    the anterior pair of legs of a centipede that are modified to seize prey and inject venom from the toxicognaths
    animal leg
    the leg of an animal
    hind leg
    the back limb of a quadruped
    foreleg
    the forelimb of a quadruped
    peg, pin, stick
    informal terms for the leg
    bandy leg, bandyleg, bow leg, bowleg, genu varum, tibia vara
    a leg bowed outward at the knee (or below the knee)
    shank's mare, shank's pony, shanks' mare, shanks' pony
    you own legs
    spindlelegs, spindleshanks
    long thin legs
    lap
    the upper side of the thighs of a seated person
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    appendage, extremity, member
    an external body part that projects from the body
  2. noun
    any projection that is thought to resemble a human arm
    synonyms: arm, branch
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    projection
    any structure that branches out from a central support
  3. noun
    any of the main branches arising from the trunk or a bough of a tree
    synonyms: tree branch
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    stick
    a small thin branch of a tree
    bough
    any of the larger branches of a tree
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    branch
    a division of a stem, or secondary stem arising from the main stem of a plant
  4. noun
    either of the two halves of a bow from handle to tip
    “the upper limb of the bow”
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    part, portion
    something less than the whole of a human artifact
  5. noun
    (astronomy) the circumferential edge of the apparent disc of the sun or the moon or a planet
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    border, edge
    the boundary of a surface
  6. noun
    the graduated arc that is attached to an instrument for measuring angles
    “the limb of the sextant”
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    arc
    a continuous portion of a circle
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