[lahym-kil, -kiln]

Origin of limekiln

First recorded in 1250–1300, limekiln is from the Middle English word limkilne. See lime1, kiln Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for limekiln

Historical Examples of limekiln

  • I ache as if I had been beaten to a jelly, and I am as thirsty as a—as a limekiln.

  • I feel like a—a—boiled owl; my head is aching as though it would split, and my mouth is as dry as a limekiln.

  • I am going to see Inchegora after breakfast; a very important mission, touching a limekiln in dispute there.

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

  • Then up in the morning in jolly good time to get the limekiln workers on the job by seven.

  • I knew very well, however, that the appointed place was the little sluice-house by the limekiln on the marshes, and the hour nine.

    Great Expectations

    Charles Dickens

British Dictionary definitions for limekiln


  1. a kiln in which calcium carbonate is calcined to produce quicklime
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