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lime

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noun \ˈlīm\

Definition of lime

  1. 1 :  birdlime

  2. 2 a :  a caustic highly infusible solid that consists of calcium oxide often together with magnesium oxide, that is obtained by calcining forms of calcium carbonate (as shells or limestone), and that is used in building (as in mortar and plaster) and in agriculture —called also quicklime b :  a dry white powder consisting essentially of calcium hydroxide that is made by treating quicklime with water c :  calcium <carbonate of lime>



Origin of lime

Middle English, from Old English līm; akin to Old High German līm birdlime, Latin limus mud, slime, and perhaps to Latin linere to smear


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Building Terms


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lime

verb

Definition of lime

limedliming

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to smear with a sticky substance (as birdlime)

  3. 2 :  to entangle with or as if with birdlime

  4. 3 :  to treat or cover with lime <lime the lawn in the spring>



13th Century

First Known Use of lime

13th century


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lime

adjective

Definition of lime

  1. :  of, relating to, or containing lime or limestone



15th Century

First Known Use of lime

15th century


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lime

noun

Definition of lime

  1. :  a linden tree; especially :  linden 1a



Origin of lime

alteration of Middle English lind, from Old English; akin to Old High German linta linden


First Known Use: 1625

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lime

noun

Definition of lime

  1. 1 :  the small globose yellowish green fruit of a widely cultivated spiny tropical Asian citrus tree (Citrus aurantifolia) with a usually acid juicy pulp used as a flavoring agent and as a source of vitamin C

  2. 2 :  a tree that bears limes



Origin of lime

Middle French, from Spanish lima, from Arabic līma, līm


First Known Use: 1583



LIME Defined for Kids

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lime

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noun \ˈlīm\

Definition of lime for Students

  1. :  a small greenish yellow fruit that is related to the lemon and orange




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lime

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noun

Definition of lime for Students

  1. :  a white substance made by heating limestone or shells and used in making plaster and cement and in farming




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lime

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verb

Definition of lime for Students

limedliming

  1. :  to treat or cover with a white substance made from limestone or shells <We spent the afternoon liming the garden.>




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