lime·​stone ˈlīm-ˌstōn How to pronounce limestone (audio)
: 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 floor features a dramatic foyer with limestone archways and a vaulted ceiling, and a spacious living room with an ornate fireplace, decorative moldings, and extravagant textured wallpaper. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 22 Feb. 2024 Halle Berry’s Malibu Beach Home An ultra-modern beachfront home in Malibu has been listed for $18 million by actress Halle Berry, complete with floor-to-ceiling ocean-facing windows, a marble and limestone spa-style bathroom and 5,000 square feet of living space. Mary Whitfill Roeloffs, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 The Bath Skyline walk is the perfect way to do so, as the circular route loops through the countryside and provides panoramic views of the city's limestone buildings in the distance. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 18 Feb. 2024 The sanctuary features towering limestone and sandstone bluffs that date back more than 450 million years. Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, 27 Jan. 2024 The building materials, chiefly wood, oolite limestone and concrete with no steel supports, were crumbling. Andres Viglucci, Miami Herald, 24 Jan. 2024 Some online critics seemed to be under the impression that the smooth granite blocks visible in videos and photos of the pyramid — which contrast sharply with the more familiar textured limestone above — were new. Julia Halperin, New York Times, 3 Feb. 2024 And yes, alligators, lying in the shallow water or on the sun-warmed limestone. Miami Staff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 This comes from vineyards in Touraine, on soils of clay, limestone and flint (the prized silex of the Loire Valley). Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 18 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Limestone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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lime·​stone ˈlīm-ˌstōn How to pronounce limestone (audio)
: a rock that is formed chiefly from animal remains (as shells or coral), consists mainly of calcium carbonate, is used in building, and gives lime when burned

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