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 Like that town, Bacalar has cenotes, natural swimming holes in the limestone rock; early Mayan archaeological sites (Dzibanche and Kohunlich); and, of course, that gorgeous, photogenic water. Lauren Sloss, New York Times, "Is This the Next Tulum?," 24 Dec. 2019 While precious, the limestone is porous and easy to crack beyond repair. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "A rare sculpture in Elkhart surprised everyone when it sold for $7.5 million. Here's why.," 10 Dec. 2019 The river splashes through dramatic gorges, the white sand and limestone rocks at the bottom reflecting the water’s stunning hues. Washington Post, "Once war-torn, Slovenia has become a green retreat," 27 Nov. 2019 In addition, the thermal decomposition process itself results in emissions, as carbon trapped in the limestone combines with oxygen in the air to create carbon dioxide as a byproduct. Marcello Rossi, Quartz, "Scientists are taking concrete steps towards reducing cement’s massive carbon footprint," 15 Nov. 2019 Castro provided some breathing room with his first home run in more than a month in the seventh inning and an inning later, Rosario banged a single off the limestone in right field, driving in Arraez again for another run. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Twins sweep behind Devin Smeltzer’s scoreless effort," 4 Aug. 2019 Millions of gallons of water rushed through the porous limestone, and the Boars had to flee to an elevated rock 2½ miles from the mouth of the cave. Max Marshall,, "Mining the Miracle," 26 June 2019 The high-end Poggenpohl kitchen was recently upgraded and has limestone countertops and a glass backsplash. Daniel Boniface, The Denver Post, "This is Denver’s most expensive home listing. And it has a gym, yoga studio and koi pond.," 24 Dec. 2019 These days, an increasing number of leading producers are popping up in British counties like Hampshire, Sussex, and Kent, where the limestone-rich soils are perfect for making sparkling wine. Bon Appétit, "A Great British Sparkling Wine For Every Meal," 17 Dec. 2019

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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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21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Limestone.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 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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