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Definitions for limbo
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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Limbonoun

    [ Eo quod sit limbus inferorum. Du Cange.].

    No, he is in tartar limbo, worse than hell,
    A devil in an everlasting garment hath him,
    One whose hard heart is button’d up with steel. William Shakespeare.

    Oh what a sympathy of woe is this!
    As far from help as limbo is from bliss. William Shakespeare.

    All these up-whirl’d aloft
    Fly o’er the backside of the world far off,
    Into a limbo large, and broad, since call’d
    The paradise of fools. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. iii.

    For he no sooner was at large,
    But Trulla straight brought on the charge;
    And in the self-same limbo put
    The knight and squire, where he was shut. Hudibras.

    Friar, thou art come off thyself, but poor I am left in limbo. John Dryden, Spanish Friar.


  1. limbo

    Limbo is a puzzle-platform video game developed by independent studio Playdead and originally published by Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox 360. The game was released in July 2010 on Xbox Live Arcade, and has since been ported by Playdead to several other systems, including the PlayStation 3, Linux and Microsoft Windows. Limbo is a 2D side-scroller, incorporating a physics system that governs environmental objects and the player character. The player guides an unnamed boy through dangerous environments and traps as he searches for his sister. The developer built the game's puzzles expecting the player to fail before finding the correct solution. Playdead called the style of play "trial and death", and used gruesome imagery for the boy's deaths to steer the player from unworkable solutions. The game is presented in black-and-white tones, using lighting, film grain effects and minimal ambient sounds to create an eerie atmosphere often associated with the horror genre. Journalists praised the dark presentation, describing the work as comparable to film noir and German Expressionism. Based on its aesthetics, reviewers classified Limbo as an example of video games as an art form. Limbo received critical acclaim, but its minimal story polarised critics; some critics found the open-ended work to have deeper meaning that tied well with the game's mechanics, while others believed the lack of significant plot and abrupt ending detracted from the game. A common point of criticism from reviewers was that the high cost of the game relative to its short length might deter players from purchasing the title, but some reviews proposed that Limbo had an ideal length. The game has been listed among the greatest games of all time. Limbo was the third-highest selling game on the Xbox Live Arcade service in 2010, generating around $7.5 million in revenue. It won several awards from industry groups after its release, and was named as one of the top games for 2010 by several publications. Playdead's next title, Inside, was released in 2016, and revisited many of the same themes presented in Limbo.


  1. limbo

    Limbo can have two primary meanings depending on context: 1) In a religious context, limbo refers to an uncertain state after death, imagined, especially in Roman Catholic theology, as a place where unbaptized infants and righteous people who lived before Christ reside, and are neither in heaven nor in hell. 2) In a general or metaphorical sense, limbo refers to an uncertain, indefinite, or transitional state or condition in which progress, motion or decision-making seems impossible. It describes a state of being disregarded, forgotten or put on the side, often awaiting a decision or resolution.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Limbonoun

    alt. of Limbus

  2. 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.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. LIMBO

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Limbo is ranked #54055 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Limbo surname appeared 382 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Limbo.

    64.4% or 246 total occurrences were Asian.
    29.3% or 112 total occurrences were White.
    3.1% or 12 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.6% or 10 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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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. Lakshheish M Patel:

    Bet on it that Indian stock market is going no where in the next 3 years. Neither Up Nor Down but will remain in Suspension mode in which traders will remain in limbo position not knowing what to do whether to sell and quit or keep waiting

  3. Jessica Joan:

    You know, it feels like being in limbo, i don’t know one person that thinks being in limbo is fun. That’s the best way to describe it. I’m definitely looking forward to that day happening and having another door of this closing and really being able to put it behind me.

  4. President Barack Obama on Friday:

    The fact that she has now been lingering in this limbo for longer than the five previous attorney general nominees combined makes no sense.

  5. Emily Mirowski:

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

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