Simber vs Limber - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between simber and limber
is that simber
is while limber
is to cause to become limber; to make flexible or pliant or limber
can be (obsolete) to prepare an artillery piece for transportation (ie, to attach it to its limber).
As an adjective limber is
flexible, pliant, bendable.
As a noun limber is
(obsolete) a two-wheeled, horse-drawn vehicle used to pull an artillery piece into battle.
* 1662 , , Book II, A Collection of Several Philosophical Writings of Dr. Henry More, p. 82:
Flexible, pliant, bendable.
- He's so limber that he can kiss his knee without bending it.
- The bargeman that doth row with long and limber oar.
* limber up
To cause to become limber; to make flexible or pliant.
For the obsolete (limmer), from (etyl)
(obsolete) A two-wheeled, horse-drawn vehicle used to pull an artillery piece into battle.
(in the plural) The shafts or thills of a wagon or carriage.
(military) The detachable fore part of a gun carriage, consisting of two wheels, an axle, and a shaft to which the horses are attached. On top is an ammunition box upon which the cannoneers sit.
*1985 , (Peter Carey), Illywhacker , Faber and Faber 2003, p. 29:
*:we covered the rutted, rattling, dusty pot-holed roads of coastal Victoria, six big Walers in front, the cannon at the rear, and that unsprung cart they called a ‘limber ’ in the middle.
(nautical, in the plural) Gutters or conduits on each side of the keelson to allow water to pass to the pump well.
* Sometimes the plural limbers was used to refer to a single such vehicle.
(obsolete) To prepare an artillery piece for transportation (i.e., to attach it to its limber.)
* Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989.