- a boundary, especially the fortified border or frontier of a country.
- (initial capital letter) Siegfried Line.
- an ancient Roman frontier fortification.
Origin of limes
- 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 limes
Before the shortage, he says, cases of limes cost $50 to $70.Limepocalypse! Inside the Great Lime Shortage of 2014
April 30, 2014
Made with cachaça, a sugarcane Brandy native to Brazil, and limes and sugar, this is the Brazilian national cocktail.What to Eat: The World Cup
June 16, 2010
But when the footlights are on and the limes are lit, you'd be surprised to see how fine it looks.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
In the fragrance of the blossom of the limes the bees are gleaning a luscious harvest.A Book of Myths
It was my first thought as she came toward me, that afternoon, under the limes.Coming Home
Her beatinge that she hath had hath never hurt her body nor limes.Customs and Fashions in Old New England
Alice Morse Earle
In addition to the ordinary products, pineapples and limes are exported.Commercial Geography
Jacques W. Redway
- the fortified boundary of the Roman Empire
- 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 limes
"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 boundary, limit, or threshold.
- 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.