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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Since some modules maybe in those states and would otherwise be left in limbo.
▪ It left the files in limbo, and no action was taken on these cases.
▪ They must be forgiven and not left in limbo, ready to be recalled if needed for attack or defence.
▪ In fact, since President Reagan came to office in 1981 the system itself has remained in virtual limbo.
▪ Cops and gangsters alike prefer to see pachinko remain uneasily in limbo.
▪ Cops and gangsters alike prefer to see pachinko remain uneasily in limbo.
▪ Do they wander for ever in limbo?
▪ Goulding's move leaves Wigan's £75,000 scrum half Andy Gregory in limbo with the new season just over a fortnight away.
▪ I felt as if I was in limbo.
▪ Petey and Carol and Lois would be sent into limbo for a little scare.
▪ They - and the enterprises concerned - are now in limbo.
▪ Toward the same limbo where the Galactic Empire was heading.
▪ Well, how else are we ever going to get out of this limbo?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Limbo \Lim"bo\ (l[i^]m"b[-o]), Limbus \Lim"bus\ (l[i^]m"b[u^]s), n. [L. limbus border, edge in limbo on the border. Cf. Limb border.]

  1. (Scholastic Theol.) An spiritual region where certain classes of souls were supposed to await the last judgment.

    As far from help as Limbo is from bliss.

    A Limbo large and broad, since called The Paradise of fools.

    Note: The limbus patrum was considered as a place for the souls of good men who lived before the coming of our Savior. The limbus infantium was said to be a similar place for the souls of unbaptized infants. To these was added, in the popular belief, the limbus fatuorum, or fool's paradise, regarded as a receptacle of all vanity and nonsense.

  2. Hence: Any real or imaginary place of restraint or confinement; a prison; as, to put a man in limbo.

  3. Hence: A state of waiting, or uncertainty, in which final judgment concerning the outcome of a decision is postponed, perhaps indefinitely; neglect for an indefinite time; as, the proposal was left in limbo while opponents and proponents refused to compromise.

  4. (Anat.) A border or margin; as, the limbus of the cornea.


Limbo \Lim"bo\ (l[i^]m"b[-o]), n. [Jamaican E. limba to bend, fr. E. limber (1950)
--MW10] 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"region supposed to exist on the border of Hell" reserved for pre-Christian saints (Limbus patrum) and unbaptized infants (Limbus infantum);" c.1300, from Latin limbo, ablative of limbus "edge, border" (see limb (2)). It emerged from Latin in the ablative form from frequent use in phrases such as in limbo (patrum), etc. Figurative sense of "condition of neglect or oblivion" is from 1640s.


dance in which the dancer bends backward and passes under a bar, 1956, of W.Indian origin, probably an alteration of limber.


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context Roman Catholic theology, since circa 1300 English) The place where innocent souls exist temporarily until they can enter heaven, notably those of the saints who died before the advent of Christ (''limbus patruum'') and those of unbaptized but innocent children (''limbus infantum''). 2 (context by extension, since the 16th century English) Any in-between place, state or condition of neglect or oblivion which results in an unresolved status, delay or deadlock. Etymology 2

n. A dance played by taking turns crossing under a horizontal bar or stick. The stick is lowered with each round, and the game is won by the player who passes under the bar in the lowest position.

  1. n. the state of being disregarded or forgotten [syn: oblivion]

  2. an imaginary place for lost or neglected things

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

Limbo (disambiguation)

Limbo is an afterlife condition hypothesized by Medieval Roman Catholic theologians, but not made official Catholic doctrine.

Limbo may also refer to:

Limbo (Dungeons & Dragons)

In the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), Limbo or more fully, the Ever-Changing Chaos of Limbo, is a chaotic neutral-aligned plane of existence. It is one of a number of alignment-based Outer Planes that form part of the standard D&D cosmology, used in the Planescape, Greyhawk and some editions of the Forgotten Realms campaign settings.

Limbo (1999 film)

Limbo is a 1999 drama film written, produced, edited, and directed by American independent filmmaker John Sayles. The drama features Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, David Strathairn, Vanessa Martinez and Kris Kristofferson. It is the first theatrical film to be released and distributed by Screen Gems.

Limbo (Brathwaite poem)

"Limbo" is a poem by Barbadian poet Edward Kamau Brathwaite.

It describes the similarity between a limbo dance and the transportation of African slaves into the West Indies and America.

Limbo (story collection)

Limbo (1920), Aldous Huxley's first collection of short fiction, consists of six short stories and a play.

  • "Farcical History of Richard Greenow"
  • "Happily Ever After"
  • "Eupompus Gave Splendour to Art by Numbers"
  • "Happy Families" (play)
  • "Cynthia"
  • "The Bookshop"
  • "The Death of Lully"

Category:1920 short story collections Category:Short story collections by Aldous Huxley


In the theology of the Catholic Church, Limbo (Latin limbus, edge or boundary, referring to the "edge" of Hell) is a speculative idea about the afterlife condition of those who die in original sin without being assigned to the Hell of the Damned. Medieval theologians of western Europe described the underworld ("hell", " hades", "infernum") as divided into four distinct parts: Hell of the Damned, Purgatory, Limbo of the Fathers or Patriarchs, and Limbo of the Infants. However, Limbo of the Infants is not an official doctrine of the Catholic Church.

Limbo (programming language)

Limbo is a programming language for writing distributed systems and is the language used to write applications for the Inferno operating system. It was designed at Bell Labs by Sean Dorward, Phil Winterbottom, and Rob Pike.

The Limbo compiler generates architecture-independent object code which is then interpreted by the Dis virtual machine or compiled just before runtime to improve performance. Therefore all Limbo applications are completely portable across all Inferno platforms.

Limbo's approach to concurrency was inspired by Hoare's Communicating Sequential Processes (CSP), as implemented and amended in Pike's earlier Newsqueak language and Winterbottom's Alef.

Limbo (dance)

Limbo is a traditional popular dance contest that originated on the island of Trinidad. The dance originated as an event that took place at wakes in Trinidad and Tobago, and was popularized by dance pioneer Julia Edwards (known as the First Lady of Limbo) and her company which appeared in several films, in particular Fire Down Below ( 1957), and toured widely in the Caribbean, Europe, North America, South America, Asia, and Africa in the 1960s and later. The film Julia and Joyce ( 2010) by Trinidadian/American dance researcher/choreographer Sonja Dumas features the evolution of the Limbo and the contribution of Julia Edwards to the explosion of its popularity.

Limbo (weapon)

Limbo, or Anti Submarine Mortar Mark 10 (A/S Mk.10), was the final British development of a forward-throwing anti-submarine weapon originally designed during the Second World War. Limbo, a three-barreled mortar similar to the earlier Squid and Hedgehog that it superseded, was developed by the Admiralty Underwater Weapons Establishment in the 1950s. Squid was loaded manually, which was difficult on a pitching deck in heavy seas with no protection from the elements; in contrast Limbo was loaded and fired automatically, with all the crew under cover. It was widely fitted on the quarterdeck of Royal Navy escort ships on a mounting stabilised for pitch and roll from 1955 to the mid–1980s. Australian built versions of the destroyer all carried Limbo as did the Australian . Limbo was also widely employed by the Royal Canadian Navy, being incorporated into all destroyer designs from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, including the , , , and classes.

The firing distance of the mortars was controlled by opening gas vents; rounds could be fired from . The weapon was linked to the sonar system of the ship, firing on command when the target was in range. The rounds were projected so that they fell in a triangular pattern around the target. Limbo could fire in any direction around the ship and is reported to have been very accurate. The weapon was used in the 1982 Falklands War, and remained in service in the Royal Navy and Commonwealth navies until the 1990s when it was superseded by the Mark 44 torpedo. A surviving system is preserved at Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower in Gosport, Hampshire.

Limbo (Coleridge poem)

Limbo is a poem written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Most of its text was published posthumously.

Limbo (DC Comics)

Limbo refers to a fictional location in books published by DC Comics. Limbo first appeared in Ambush Bug (vol. 1) #3 (August 1985), and was created by Keith Giffen.

Limbo (Marvel Comics)

Limbo, may refer to several fictional locations in titles published by Marvel Comics. The concept debuted in The Avengers #2, (November 1963), and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

Limbo (comics)

Limbo, in comics, may refer to:

  • Limbo (DC Comics), a location in the DC Comics universe
  • Limbo (Marvel Comics), a location in the Marvel Comics universe
  • Otherplace, a location in the Marvel Comics universe
Limbo (1972 film)

Limbo is a 1972 film drama directed by Mark Robson. It stars Kate Jackson, Kathleen Nolan and Katherine Justice.

Limbo (2010 film)

Limbo is a Norwegian drama film, written and directed by Maria Sødahl.

The movie takes place in the 1970s and depicts a so-called expatriate-group at Trinidad, associated with the oil industry.

Limbo (2004 film)

Limbo is a 2004 American science fiction drama film about a man caught in a time loop and the effects on him.

Limbo (album)

Limbo is a 1996 album by the American alternative rock band Throwing Muses, released on Rykodisc. The album was recorded at the same New Orleans studio the band recorded University. Following a tour for the album, Throwing Muses were dissolved, with Kristin Hersh continuing her solo career and David Narcizo and Bernard Georges working on several personal and music projects including Hersh's. The album, engineered by Trina Shoemaker, also features cellist Martin McCarrick and Robert Rust on piano.

The album cover and liner notes drawings were done by Gilbert Hernandez.

Limbo (video game)

Limbo is a puzzle- platform video game developed by independent studio Playdead. The game was released in July 2010 as a platform exclusive title on Xbox Live Arcade, and was later re-released as part of a retail game pack along with Trials HD and 'Splosion Man in April 2011. Ports of the game to the PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows were created by Playdead, released after the year-long Xbox 360 exclusivity period was completed. An OS X version was released in December 2011, followed by Linux port in June 2014. Ports for PlayStation Vita and iOS were also released in June and July 2013, respectively. An Xbox One port was given away for free on 23 November 2014 to the majority of customers who purchased an Xbox One on its original launch day, and a PlayStation 4 version was released on 24 February 2015.

Limbo is a 2D sidescroller, incorporating the physics system Box2D to govern 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 positive reviews, 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 title was the third-highest selling game on the Xbox Live Arcade service in 2010, generating around $7.5 million in revenue. The title won several awards from industry groups after its release, and was named as one of the top games for 2010 by several publications. Playdead released Inside in 2016, supported financially by the success of Limbo and revisiting many of the same themes from it.

Limbo (skating)

Limbo skating or roller limbo is a sport in which a person drives on roller skates underneath an obstacle like a horizontal pole without touching it. In order to pass an obstacle with a very low height, advanced athletes spread their legs apart, if possible into a full split, and lean their upper body forward, with the face almost touching the ground. As with traditional limbo dance, several athletes may participate in a competition, in which a pole is lowered from round to round. Whoever touches the pole is out, until only one person remains as the winner.

In a variation, athletes try to skate under as many cars as possible. In the German show “ Wetten dass” (“Let's bet”), a Chinese girl drove under a glass plate.

Limbo (boutique)

Limbo was a boutique which was opened in 1965 by Martin (Marty) Freedman, originally at 24 St. Mark's Place between Second and Third Avenues in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. The shop moved to 4 St. Mark's Place on the same block in 1967, and closed in 1975.

In the May 1968 issue of eye Magazine, Norman Steinberg described Limbo as: "...the East Village clothier of the 'tuned-in' generation." He went on to write: "For the uninitiated, Limbo is much more than just a clothing store. It is a social, intellectual, and entertainment experience that appeals to people of all ages, races, creeds, colors and political persuasions."

Limbo (Daddy Yankee song)

"Limbo" is a song by Puerto Rican reggaeton recording artist Daddy Yankee from his sixth studio album Prestige (2012). It was produced by MadMusick, the duo of Giencarlos Rivera and Jonathan Rivera, in partnership with Luny Tunes. The music video features ZumbaUnderground dancers Stephanie Hartgraves and Megan Phillips, Oceanside Ca. It was composed by Ramon Ayala, Elizier Palacios, Giencarlos Rivera, Jonathan Rivera, Francisco Saldaña and released as the fourth single from the album, following the commercial successes of " Ven Conmigo", " Lovumba" and " Pasarela". An official remix with Puerto Rican-duo Wisin & Yandel as well as a Spanglish version of the song were also later released. The song appears in dance games Just Dance 2014 and Zumba Fitness: World Party.

Limbo (Bryan Ferry song)

"Limbo" is a song by Bryan Ferry, the former lead vocalist for Roxy Music. It was released as the third and final single from his seventh album Bête Noire in 1988, being Ferry's twenty-seventh single. The song failed to enjoy as much success as the two previous singles from the album. The song peaked at number 86 on the UK Singles Chart. It also appears in the ill-fated film Big Time, starring Paul Guilfoyle.STUART LENIG -The Twisted Tale of Glam Rock - Page 88

2010 "The music was very programmatic, with images of southern sambas in "Limbo," seaside tales in " Windswept," and hidden ..."

The song, alike all the other single's released from the album (" The Right Stuff", and " Kiss and Tell"), it features The Smiths' lead guitarist, Johnny Marr.

The promotional video for the song was directed by style and fashion guru Michael Roberts, a longtime friend of Ferry's.

Usage examples of "limbo".

Zigzagging to avoid large stars which could disrupt a blink generator and send a ship and its contents into limbo for eternity, the ship blinked and rested, bunked and rested, traveling the Orion Arm in seven-league boots, covering distances which strained the imagination in an instant, held back only by the need to rest, to recharge, to build for the next jump.

LETTER V Kwan-non Temple--Uniformity of Temple Architecture--A Kuruma Expedition--A Perpetual Festival--The Ni-o--The Limbo of Vanity-- Heathen Prayers--Binzuru--A Group of Devils--Archery Galleries--New Japan--An Elegante.

Its engine seemed to catch for a mordent, then died, but the torpedo was caught in a strange undersea limbo, neither diving nor surfacing, its engine occasionally sputtering.

It is a slow process, for a mistake could cast us into a placeless timeless limbo forever and a day.

The victor in this contrived war between himself and March would be trapped forever with an undecaying corpse on the stage set of a magical western, condemned to a limbo in which he would feed on deathly beetles and drink bitter water from a fountain whose splashing kept growing louder and louder.

Was he considering sliding into limbo to unhappen that first key meeting between Ann Chovie and Demon Strate?

Eventually Elric had mounted a massive summoning against the allies of Grrodd Ybene Eenr with the result that the shaman had been at last overwhelmed and his remains scattered in Limbo.

His cheeks were boy-smooth, deep into the lean and cool of preadolescent limbo.

A helpful mechanism of my preconsciousness had switched on, shunting both hurt and fear into a sensory limbo beneath my dreams.

Zezdon Afthen raised his dark eyes to the terrestrian with a look in their depths that made Wade involuntarily resolve that Thet and all Thessians should be promptly consigned to that limbo of forgotten things where they belonged.

The house looked small, a runt among the high-shouldered giants of buildings around it where once the unhomed and the unwanted wandered in limbo.

Lady Ombersley was still dazed, still clutching feebly at the fast vanishing picture of the shy little niece of her imaginings, but at these words that insipid damsel was cast into the limbo of things unregretted and unremembered.

But then Ananke decided to spare it, so the time track of the city that had continued his actions with the demon was cut away and sent to Limbo.

The full name of this creek is El Rio de las Animas Arrepentidas en Limbo, or the River of the Compensating Souls in the Borderland of Limes.

He remembered in a vague sort of way the stories which used to be told of the terrible Apulian spider, but he had consigned them to the limbo of medical fable where so many fictions have clothed themselves with a local habitation and a name.