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[lahym-waw-ter, -wot-er] /ˈlaɪmˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər/
an aqueous solution of slaked lime, used in medicine, antacids, and lotions, and to absorb carbon dioxide from the air.
water containing naturally an unusual amount of calcium carbonate or calcium sulfate.
Origin of limewater
First recorded in 1660-70; lime1 + water Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The water glass and limewater will keep eggs without loss for a year.

    Every Step in Canning Grace Viall Gray
  • limewater prescribed by physicians in cases of illness is a well-known base.

    General Science Bertha M. Clark
  • Other Acids: limewater, or two teaspoonfuls of aromatic spirit of ammonia diluted with a glass of water.

  • Taylor advises equal parts of oil and limewater, for the oil invests the poison, and the lime renders it less soluble.

    Memoranda on Poisons Thomas Hawkes Tanner
  • Cover with Carron oil (equal parts of limewater and linseed or olive oil) and light bandage.

  • The surer test of limewater shows the presence of carbon dioxide in the jar.

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
  • This may require peptonizing to be digested, or it may have to be modified with limewater.

    Dietetics for Nurses Fairfax T. Proudfit
  • The attention of medical men was directed at this time to the action of limewater as a remedy for stone in the bladder.

    Heroes of Science M. M. Pattison Muir
  • A precipitate of calcium carbonate soon forms in the limewater, showing the presence of carbon dioxide.

  • The presence of carbon dioxide in expired air may easily be detected by the limewater test.

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
British Dictionary definitions for limewater


a clear colourless solution of calcium hydroxide in water, formerly used in medicine as an antacid
water that contains dissolved lime or calcium salts, esp calcium carbonate or calcium sulphate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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