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ˈlɪm boʊlim·bo

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. oblivion, limbonoun

    the state of being disregarded or forgotten

  2. limbonoun

    an imaginary place for lost or neglected things

  3. limbonoun

    (theology) in Roman Catholicism, the place of unbaptized but innocent or righteous souls (such as infants and virtuous individuals)


  1. Limbonoun

    A West Indian dance contest, in which participants must dance under a pole which is lowered successively until only one participant can successfully pass under, without falling. It is often performed at celebrations, such as weddings.

    Etymology: [Jamaican E. limba to bend, fr. E. limber (1950) MW10]

Webster Dictionary

  1. Limbonoun

    alt. of Limbus

    Etymology: [Jamaican E. limba to bend, fr. E. limber (1950) MW10]


  1. Limbo

    In the theology of the Catholic Church, Limbo is a speculative idea about the afterlife condition of those who die in Original Sin without being assigned to the Hell of the Damned. Limbo is not an official doctrine of the Catholic Church or any other Christian denomination. Medieval theologians, in western Europe, described the underworld as divided into four distinct parts: Hell of the Damned, Purgatory, Limbo of the Fathers or Patriarchs, and Limbo of the Infants.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Limbo

    lim′bō, n. an indefinite region in the intermediate state, the abode of those who have had no opportunity to accept Christ, of the souls of the pious who died before the time of Christ, and of the souls of unbaptised infants: a place of confinement, or where things are thrown aside.—Also Lim′bus. [L. limbus, border.]


  1. Limbo

    BrightKite, formerly Limbo, is a prominent mobile social networks where people share the places they go and the things they do. In Limbo, members broadcast their location, locate bars, clubs or restaurants, and coordinate their friends with group text. All tools and services are free to members thanks to the support of interactive, highly targeted, location-based mobile advertisements.In April 2009, Limbo Purchased Brightkite and adopted BrightKite’s name.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. limbo

    Restraint, durance, confinement under arrest, or in the bilboes. Dante uses this term for a division of the infernal regions.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of limbo in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of limbo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of limbo in a Sentence

  1. Barack Obama:

    You don't hold attorney general nominees hostage for other issues. This is our top law enforcement office. Nobody denies that she's well-qualified, we need to go ahead and get her done, the fact that she has now been lingering in this limbo for longer than the five previous attorney general nominees combined makes no sense.

  2. Hernan Cortés Quiles:

    So many people are not as fortunate as we were, we're safe now, but in every other sense -- economically, in terms of stability -- we're in limbo.

  3. Emily Mirowski:

    Gumbo Limbo Nature Center was weak and emaciated. I could just tell Gumbo Limbo Nature Center wasn't doing well.

  4. Laura McLauchlin:

    You only have 48 hours to request a retest, but at the same time, they don't send a confirmation email so now we're in this limbo of wondering if she's registered for the retest.

  5. District Council member Brianne Nadeau:

    This limbo that we're in because of the congressional rider is untenable, it's a big problem.

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    a disposition that is confused or nervous and upset
    • A. exacerbate
    • B. fluster
    • C. gloat
    • D. descant

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