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lime

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[ lahym ]
/ laɪm /
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noun
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.
verb (used with object), limed, lim·ing.
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Origin of lime

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First recorded before 900; Middle English, Old English līm; cognate with Dutch lijm, German Leim, Old Norse līm “glue,” Latin līmus “slime”; akin to loam

OTHER WORDS FROM lime

limeless, adjectivelimelike, adjectiveun·limed, adjective

Other definitions for lime (2 of 4)

lime2
[ lahym ]
/ laɪm /

noun
the small, greenish-yellow, acid fruit of a citrus tree, Citrus aurantifolia, allied to the lemon.
the tree that bears this fruit.
greenish yellow.
adjective
of the color lime.
of or made with limes.

Origin of lime

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First recorded in 1615–25; from Spanish lima, from Arabic līmah, līm “citrus fruit,” from Persian līmū(n); cf. lemon

OTHER WORDS FROM lime

limelike, adjective

Other definitions for lime (3 of 4)

lime3
[ lahym ]
/ laɪm /

noun
the European linden, Tilia europaea.

Origin of lime

3
First recorded in 1615–25; unexplained variant of obsolete line, lind, Middle English, Old English lind; see linden

Other definitions for lime (4 of 4)

lime4
[ lahym ]
/ laɪm /

noun Informal.
a shortened form of limelight.

Origin of lime

4
Shortened form
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British Dictionary definitions for lime (1 of 4)

lime1
/ (laɪm) /

noun
agriculture any of certain calcium compounds, esp calcium hydroxide, spread as a dressing on lime-deficient land
verb (tr)
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)

Word Origin for lime

Old English līm; related to Icelandic līm glue, Latin līmus slime

British Dictionary definitions for lime (2 of 4)

lime2
/ (laɪm) /

noun
a small Asian citrus tree, Citrus aurantifolia, with stiff sharp spines and small round or oval greenish fruits
  1. the fruit of this tree, having acid fleshy pulp rich in vitamin C
  2. (as modifier)lime juice
adjective
having the flavour of lime fruit

Word Origin for lime

C17: from French, from Provençal, from Arabic līmah

British Dictionary definitions for lime (3 of 4)

lime3
/ (laɪm) /

noun
any linden tree, such as Tilia europaea, planted in many varieties for ornament

Word Origin for lime

C17: changed from obsolete line, from Old English lind linden

British Dictionary definitions for lime (4 of 4)

lime4
/ (laɪm) /

verb
(intr) Caribbean slang (of young people) to sit or stand around on the pavement

Word Origin for lime

of unknown origin
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Medical definitions for lime (1 of 2)

lime 11
[ līm ]

n.
A spiny evergreen shrub or tree (Citrus aurantifolia) native to Asia and having leathery leaves, fragrant white flowers, and edible fruit.
The egg-shaped fruit of this plant, having a green rind and acid juice used as flavoring.

Medical definitions for lime (2 of 2)

lime 22
[ līm ]

n.
Any of various mineral and industrial forms of calcium oxide differing chiefly in water content and percentage of constituents such as silica, alumina, and iron.
calcium oxide
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Scientific definitions for lime

lime
[ līm ]

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.
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