lime·​stone | \ ˈlīm-ˌstōn How to pronounce limestone (audio) \

Definition of limestone

: a rock that is formed chiefly by accumulation of organic remains (such as shells or coral), consists mainly of calcium carbonate, is extensively used in building, and yields lime when burned

Examples of limestone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The main building of the estate is a large limestone house that is characteristic of other Cornish buildings in town. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The 1830s Cothren House cabin in Mineral Point is great for a cozy winter getaway," 13 Feb. 2020 The city is built on highly porous rock, limestone that’s almost like Swiss cheese. Matt Simon, Wired, "Not to Ruin the Super Bowl, But the Sea Is Consuming Miami," 31 Jan. 2020 In 2019, a limestone sculpture of Lucy Higgs Nichols holding her daughter Mona was unveiled at Nichols' church, Second Baptist Church in New Albany — also known as Town Clock Church. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "An escaped slave was the 'Florence Nightingale’ of Indiana's Civil War regiment," 30 Jan. 2020 The building’s foundations were made with limestone blocks brought in from far away, while the floors were beautifully paved, which is not typical for this time period, when most interior surfaces were left bare, according to Haaretz. Fox News, "Ancient ‘royal estate’ that served biblical kings unearthed in Israel," 29 Jan. 2020 Even in the dead of winter, the property is stunning, with its undulating textures of ridges, glades and limestone escarpments. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Science Says Life is Better in Intentional Communities," 28 Jan. 2020 For serious rock climbers, Batu Caves, a 90-minute drive north of the city, has more than 170 routes across eight limestone crags. Wufei Yu, Outside Online, "Adventure Detours in the World's Most Visited Cities," 27 Jan. 2020 As salt water breaches the limestone bedrock around the Florida peninsula and enters the aquifer, this natural freshwater wonder is threatened like never before. Nina Burleigh, New York Times, "Tears for the Magnificent and Shrinking Everglades, a ‘River of Grass’," 27 Jan. 2020 The house comes with floor-to-ceiling vanishing glass walls, a 300-bottle showcase wine room and limestone flooring. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Head of CorePower Yoga fitness chain purchases Scottsdale estate for $5.4M," 27 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of limestone

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of limestone was in the 14th century

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18 Feb 2020

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“Limestone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of limestone

: a type of white stone that is commonly used in building


lime·​stone | \ ˈlīm-ˌstōn How to pronounce limestone (audio) \

Kids Definition of limestone

: a rock formed chiefly from animal remains (as shells or coral) that is used in building and gives lime when burned

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