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lime1

[lahym] /laɪm/
noun
1.
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.
2.
a calcium compound for improving crops grown in soils deficient in lime.
3.
verb (used with object), limed, liming.
4.
to treat (soil) with lime or compounds of calcium.
5.
to smear (twigs, branches, etc.) with birdlime.
6.
to catch with or as if with birdlime.
7.
to paint or cover (a surface) with a composition of lime and water; whitewash:
The government buildings were freshly limed.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English, Old English līm; cognate with Dutch lijm, German Leim, Old Norse līm glue, Latin līmus slime; akin to loam
Related forms
limeless, adjective
limelike, adjective
unlimed, adjective

lime2

[lahym] /laɪm/
noun
1.
the small, greenish-yellow, acid fruit of a citrus tree, Citrus aurantifolia, allied to the lemon.
2.
the tree that bears this fruit.
3.
greenish yellow.
adjective
4.
of the color lime.
5.
of or made with limes.
Origin
1615-25; < Spanish lima < Arabic līmah, līm citrus fruit < Persian līmū(n); cf. lemon
Related forms
limeless, adjective
limelike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for limeless

lime1

/laɪm/
noun
1.
2.
(agriculture) any of certain calcium compounds, esp calcium hydroxide, spread as a dressing on lime-deficient land
verb (transitive)
3.
to spread (twigs, etc) with birdlime
4.
to spread a calcium compound upon (land) to improve plant growth
5.
to catch (animals, esp birds) with or as if with birdlime
6.
to whitewash or cover (a wall, ceiling, etc) with a mixture of lime and water (limewash)
Word Origin
Old English līm; related to Icelandic līm glue, Latin līmus slime

lime2

/laɪm/
noun
1.
a small Asian citrus tree, Citrus aurantifolia, with stiff sharp spines and small round or oval greenish fruits
2.
  1. the fruit of this tree, having acid fleshy pulp rich in vitamin C
  2. (as modifier): lime juice
adjective
3.
having the flavour of lime fruit
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Provençal, from Arabic līmah

lime3

/laɪm/
noun
1.
any linden tree, such as Tilia europaea, planted in many varieties for ornament
Word Origin
C17: changed from obsolete line, from Old English lindlinden

lime4

/laɪm/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (Caribbean, slang) (of young people) to sit or stand around on the pavement
Word Origin
of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for limeless

lime

n.

"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.

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limeless in Medicine

lime 1 (līm)
n.

  1. A spiny evergreen shrub or tree (Citrus aurantifolia) native to Asia and having leathery leaves, fragrant white flowers, and edible fruit.

  2. The egg-shaped fruit of this plant, having a green rind and acid juice used as flavoring.

lime 2
n.

  1. 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.

  2. See calcium oxide.

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limeless in Science
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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Related Abbreviations for limeless

LIME

laser induced microwave emissions
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limeless in the Bible

The Hebrew word so rendered means "boiling" or "effervescing." From Isa. 33:12 it appears that lime was made in a kiln lighted by thorn-bushes. In Amos 2:1 it is recorded that the king of Moab "burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime." The same Hebrew word is used in Deut. 27:2-4, and is there rendered "plaster." Limestone is the chief constituent of the mountains of Syria.

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