To see details on the word
limber
please enable javascript.

limber
as in:  the gymnast stays limber


a limber imagination
  of a person’s body:  flexible (capable of moving, bending, and stretching easily)

or:

readily adaptable — especially of someone’s mind
Home
 Mark word for later review on this computer
limber limbering limbers limbered limberness
Web Links:
(try right-click if popups are disabled)
Dictionary - Vocabulary.com®
Dictionary/Synonyms - Google®
Dictionary List - OneLook®
Samples:
  • a limber imagination
  • The violist limbered her wrists before the concert
  • Yoga has helped me to become more limber.
  • So limber, in fact, he could touch behind his ankles, and raise a leg to his belly.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven

  • Show more
  • He just lay there in the sunshine, all stretched out and limber as a rag.
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • I pulled the husband figure out, his limbs bouncing around excitedly, a dancer limbering up.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • My legs are as cold and stiff as gunmetal, but they limber up real fast at the thought of being caught.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • He pointed to the French guns, the limbers of which were being detached and hurriedly removed.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • LOUIE WOULD GO TO THE track, limber up, lie on his stomach on the infield grass, visualizing his coming race, then walk to the line, await the pop of the gun, and spring away.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • After rounding off his limbering-up exercises with a few vigorous arm swings, His Lordship begins dressing.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl

  • Show more again
  • Not me; I felt good, muscles warm and limber.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • His doctors had told him that his right leg would always be stiff, but if he stretched and stayed limber it wouldn’t present too much of an obstacle.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • You almost expected to see a long, limber stinger protruding from the rear of it.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • As the limber gunners went to the rear, his horse trod in a rabbit hole and came down, throwing him into a depression of the ground.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • We’ll try it limber, and bring off the shot.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The first Reb cannon were in position, limbering up easily, casually, getting the range.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • But seeing that it was not at all limber, and that it glistened a good deal like polished ebony, I concluded that it must be nothing but a wooden idol, which indeed it proved to be.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Pap was agoing on so he never noticed where his old limber legs was taking him to, so he went head over heels over the tub of salt pork and barked both shins, and the rest of his speech was all the hottest kind of language—mostly hove at the nigger and the govment, though he give the tub some, too, all along, here and there.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Just limbering up.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Then Jewel is enclosed by a glittering maze of hooves as by an illusion of wings; among them, beneath the up-reared chest, he moves with the flashing limberness of a snake.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • He marvelled at everything, at how to tall trees came tall giraffes, how carnivores were supplied with herbivores and herbivores with grass, how some creatures crowded the day and others the night, how some that needed sharp beaks had sharp beaks and others that needed limber limbs had limber limbs.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • She seems to be watching the road as it unrolls between the limber ears of the mules.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Her hands had begun to spring limberly open and then snatch closed again, catching air and squashing it.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • After sleep, his face had resumed the ruddy brown of many Riviera summers, and to limber himself up he stood on his hands on a chair until his fountain pen and coins fell out.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • This ceremony was repeated at odd intervals over the years, and while the faces of the surveyors changed nothing else did except that the hemlocks grew taller, their limber tips bent like green whips against the sky.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Then, as the last cannon and limber chest came groaning and splashing up, she saw him, slender, erect, his long silver hair wet upon his neck, riding easily upon a little strawberry mare that picked her way as daintily through the mud holes as a lady in a satin dress.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • More than one critic of the Seven Summits first to bag the Seven Summits vince of Irian Barat, Bass wasn’t the kind limbers to follow in his guided bootprints, a swarm of other we and rudely pulled Everest into the postmodern era.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • She limbered up her fingers, glanced at the clock, was satisfied she had taken enough minutes, started the metronome, took her seat and the lesson began.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • One morning when I went into the parlour with my books, I found my mother looking anxious, Miss Murdstone looking firm, and Mr. Murdstone binding something round the bottom of a cane — a lithe and limber cane, which he left off binding when I came in, and poised and switched in the air.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • They said how MacMurfee was a limber-back and a dead-head and how Joe Harrison was the tool of the city machine, and how they wanted that hick to step in and try to give some honest government.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • You put me off with limber vows; but I, Though you would seek to unsphere the stars with oaths, Should yet say ’Sir, no going.’
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • Murmurs ripple across the room, a lovely, high-ceilinged address on the second floor of stately Sayles Hall, with dark wood paneling, aged to perfection, narrow twelve-foot windows, and twenty students in Fieldwork and Seminar in High School Education who are just limbering up.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Lancelot slammed the door behind him, shot the bar, took the figure’s sword by the pommel in his padded left hand, jerked him forward, tripped him up, bashed him on the head with the stool as he was falling, and was sitting on his chest in a trice—as limber as he had ever been.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • I limbered my legs on the barre and started to practice.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • He was also incredibly limber.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • She was such a limber maid that ’a could stand no hardship, even when I knowed her, and ’a went like a candle-snoff, so ’tis said.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • …over the course of the next three years Perry had on several occasions run off, set out to find his lost father, for he had lost his mother as well, learned to "despise" her; liquor had blurred the face, swollen the figure of the once sinewy, limber Cherokee girl, had "soured her soul," honed her tongue to the wickedest point, so dissolved her self-respect that generally she did not bother to ask the names of the stevedores and trolley-car conductors and such persons who accepted what…
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • I had no ropes, and could hit on nothing wherewith to make ropes; none of the abundant creepers seemed limber or strong enough, and with all my litter of scientific education I could not devise any way of making them so.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Chingachgook was already in the canoe, and he dipped the implement the other named into the water, just as Hurry’s limber tongue ceased.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • I walked slowly to her desk, expecting to be lectured; but my heart quickened when I saw her go to the corner and select a long, green, limber switch and come toward me.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • I scuffed a hollow in the sand and lay down in it to rest while I flexed my fingers in limbering exercises and kneaded the wrists as much as I could stand to prevent them from going stiff.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • He picks up momentum as he limbers, and volume, too, and suddenly he is hunched over the keyboard and putting his shoulders into it, thunder-testing the walls of his new studio.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • At once came forth whatever creeps the ground, Insect or worm: those waved their limber fans For wings, and smallest lineaments exact In all the liveries decked of summer’s pride With spots of gold and purple, azure and green: These, as a line, their long dimension drew, Streaking the ground with sinuous trace; not all Minims of nature; some of serpent-kind, Wonderous in length and corpulence, involved Their snaky folds, and added wings.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • She made this sacrifice as a matter of religious etiquette; as a thing necessary just now, but by no means to be wrested into a precedent; no, a week or two would limber up her piety, then she would be rational again, and the next two dollars that got left out in the cold would find a comforter—and she could name the comforter.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • Maybe we can catch him before he limbers up.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • I could skip Out of my skin, now, like a subtle snake, I am so limber.
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • Alessandro sat down at the typewriter and cracked his knuckles to limber them up.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • I have to move, to make up for that Kulmbach beer and limber up my wooden leg.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • There is no thunder of artillery or jingle of a cavalry limber.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • A very limber man was Hizdahr zo Loraq.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
Search for samples from other sources:
(try right-click if popups are disabled)
Interest -- Source
General -- Google News®
General -- Time® Magazine
General -- Twitter®
Associated words [difficulty]:   limber [4]
     If popups are enabled: Search in OneLook®   If Flash® is also enabled: Search in Visuwords®
Most commonly used in these subjects:   Architecture, Nature & Ecology, Sports
Home
verbalworkout.com . . . enhancing vocabulary while reading