limes

[lahy-mees]

noun, plural lim·i·tes [lim-i-teez] /ˈlɪm ɪˌtiz/.

a boundary, especially the fortified border or frontier of a country.
(initial capital letter) Siegfried Line.
an ancient Roman frontier fortification.

Origin of limes

1530–40; < Latin līmes; see limit

lime

1
[lahym]

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.

to treat (soil) with lime or compounds of calcium.
to smear (twigs, branches, etc.) with birdlime.
to catch with or as if with birdlime.
to paint or cover (a surface) with a composition of lime and water; whitewash: The government buildings were freshly limed.

Origin of lime

1
before 900; Middle English, Old English līm; cognate with Dutch lijm, German Leim, Old Norse līm glue, Latin līmus slime; akin to loam
Related formslime·less, adjectivelime·like, adjectiveun·limed, adjective

lime

2
[lahym]

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

2
1615–25; < Spanish lima < Arabic līmah, līm citrus fruit < Persian līmū(n); cf. lemon
Related formslime·less, adjectivelime·like, adjective

lime

3
[lahym]

noun

the European linden, Tilia europaea.

Origin of lime

3
1615–25; unexplained variant of obsolete line, lind, Middle English, Old English lind. See linden

lime

4
[lahym]

noun Informal.

Origin of lime

4
shortened form
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British Dictionary definitions for limes

limes

noun plural limites (ˈlɪmɪˌtiːz)

the fortified boundary of the Roman Empire

Word Origin for limes

from Latin

lime

1

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

lime

2

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

lime

3

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

lime

4

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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Word Origin and History for limes

lime

n.1

"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.

lime

n.2

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.

lime

n.3

"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.

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Medicine definitions for limes

limes

[līmēz]

n. pl. lim•i•tes (lĭmĭ-tēz′)

A boundary, limit, or threshold.
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Science definitions for limes

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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