- Also called burnt lime, calcium oxide, caustic lime, calx, quicklime. a white or grayish-white, odorless, lumpy, very slightly water-soluble solid, CaO, that when combined with water forms calcium hydroxide (slaked lime), obtained from calcium carbonate, limestone, or oyster shells: used chiefly in mortars, plasters, and cements, in bleaching powder, and in the manufacture of steel, paper, glass, and various chemicals of calcium.
- a calcium compound for improving crops grown in soils deficient in lime.
Origin of lime1
- the small, greenish-yellow, acid fruit of a citrus tree, Citrus aurantifolia, allied to the lemon.
- the tree that bears this fruit.
- greenish yellow.
- of the color lime.
- of or made with limes.
Origin of lime2
- the European linden, Tilia europaea.
Origin of lime3
Origin of lime4
Examples from the Web for lime
Some were injected with chemicals or dosed in lime for better preservation.Palermo Has an Underground City Filled With Its Mummified Dead
May 1, 2014
At a taco truck in New York I asked how their lime stock was faring.Limepocalypse! Inside the Great Lime Shortage of 2014
April 30, 2014
The Bee Pollen juice looked appetizing and resembled a juice I routinely enjoy that consists of pineapple, apple, and lime.We Were Gwyneth’s GOOP Guinea Pigs
Erin Cunningham, Olivia Nuzzi
March 30, 2014
Procter & Gamble introducing Crest toothpaste line with nontraditional flavors—chocolate, vanilla, lime.Up to a Point: P.J. O’Rourke on Valentine’s Day and Oral Hygiene
P. J. O’Rourke
February 14, 2014
The new idea of making the said Dorito shell spicier and adding a splash of lime is derivative at best.Is America Out of Ideas?
August 27, 2013
The separation of the slag and iron is facilitated by throwing in some lime from time to time.Heroes of the Telegraph
However, I put the lime on my hand, and held out my arm steadily.Self-Help
And then we should have to hump the lime at least half a mile up from the beach.
We should have to hump treble the weight of the lime we should get after burning them.
A little spirit of turpentine, or linseed oil, mixed with lime water, if kept constantly to the part will remove the pain.
- to spread (twigs, etc) with birdlime
- to spread a calcium compound upon (land) to improve plant growth
- to catch (animals, esp birds) with or as if with birdlime
- to whitewash or cover (a wall, ceiling, etc) with a mixture of lime and water (limewash)
- a small Asian citrus tree, Citrus aurantifolia, with stiff sharp spines and small round or oval greenish fruits
- the fruit of this tree, having acid fleshy pulp rich in vitamin C
- (as modifier)lime juice
- having the flavour of lime fruit
- any linden tree, such as Tilia europaea, planted in many varieties for ornament
- (intr) Caribbean slang (of young people) to sit or stand around on the pavement
Word Origin and History for lime
"chalky mineral used in making mortar," from Old English lim "sticky substance, birdlime, mortar, cement, gluten," from Proto-Germanic *leimaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Norse, Danish lim, Dutch lijm, German Leim "birdlime"), from PIE root *(s)lei- "slime, slimy, sticky" (cf. Latin limus "slime, mud, mire," linere "to smear;" see slime (n.)). Lime is made by putting limestone or shells in a red heat, which burns off the carbonic acid and leaves a brittle white solid which dissolves easily in water. Hence lime-kiln (late 13c.), lime-burner (early 14c.). As a verb, c.1200, from the noun.
greenish-yellow citrus fruit, 1630s, probably via Spanish lima, from Arabic limah "citrus fruit," from Persian limun "lemon" (see lemon (n.1)). Related: Limeade (1892), with ending as in lemonade.
"linden tree," 1620s, earlier line (c.1500), from Middle English lynde (early 14c.), from Old English lind "lime tree" (see linden). Klein suggests the change of -n- to -m- probably began in compounds whose second element began in a labial (e.g. line-bark, line-bast). An ornamental European tree unrelated to the tree that produces the citrus fruit.
- A white, lumpy, caustic powder made of calcium oxide sometimes mixed with other chemicals. It is made industrially by heating limestone, bones, or shells. Lime is used as an industrial alkali, in waste treatment, and in making glass, paper, steel, insecticides, and building plaster. It is also added to soil to lower its acidity.