[lahym-kil, -kiln]


a kiln or furnace for making lime by calcining limestone or shells.

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. 2019

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



a kiln in which calcium carbonate is calcined to produce quicklime
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