lime·stone | \ˈlīm-ˌstōn \

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

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The firm used indigenous woods, copper, limestone and leather among other materials in the redesign, according to the news release. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa reveals new look after major renovation," 19 June 2018 Steel doors open to floors of limestone and walnut. Jack Flemming,, "Designer Kim Gordon’s latest gem hits the market in Santa Monica for $8.45 million," 14 June 2018 Dr Saafi is mixing the platelets into cement, which is made by burning limestone and clay together at high temperature. The Economist, "Making buildings, cars and planes from materials based on plant fibres," 14 June 2018 Some $22 million in bonds paid more than 80 percent of the construction costs of the museum, made of Kansas limestone and dichroic glass, which changes color with the light. Eric Adler And Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "After losing millions, can Prairiefire dinosaur museum in Johnson County evolve? | The Kansas City Star," 18 May 2018 Two brothers set about chiseling slabs of milky gray limestone, each using a hammer bluntly pounding the end of a long, thin, and sharp instrument. Smithsonian, "These Two Brothers Are Helping Keep Armenian’s Stone Carving Tradition Alive," 24 Apr. 2018 These items ranged from 770 – 201 B.C. The three highlights of the exhibit were a spooky, clay mask used for exorcisms; a chest plate and helmet made of limestone tiles; and a life-size Terracotta horse. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds need the off day, and other MLB thoughts," 12 July 2018 Many developers would have dispensed with the old buildings, which have handsome limestone walls, and replaced them with the see-through storefronts that are today’s retail design default option. Blair Kamin,, "Tribune Tower plans would energize an old landmark, but don't yet create a new one," 18 Apr. 2018 However, McManus’s plans included a substantial addition to the existing castle, built in the same architectural style with local limestone, and a world-class golf course that will make a bid to host the Ryder Cup in 2026. Jo Rodgers, Vogue, "Old World Meets New at Adare Manor, Ireland’s Just-Renovated Castle Hotel," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of limestone

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of limestone

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


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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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