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1 [lahym]
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, liming.
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.

before 900; Middle English, Old English līm; cognate with Dutch lijm, German Leim, Old Norse līm glue, Latin līmus slime; akin to loam

limeless, adjective
limelike, adjective
unlimed, adjective
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lime1 (laɪm)
1.  quicklime birdlime short for slaked lime
2.  agriculture any of certain calcium compounds, esp calcium hydroxide, spread as a dressing on lime-deficient land
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)
[Old English līm; related to Icelandic līm glue, Latin līmus slime]

lime2 (laɪm)
1.  a small Asian citrus tree, Citrus aurantifolia, with stiff sharp spines and small round or oval greenish fruits
2.  a.  the fruit of this tree, having acid fleshy pulp rich in vitamin C
 b.  (as modifier): lime juice
3.  having the flavour of lime fruit
[C17: from French, from Provençal, from Arabic līmah]

lime3 (laɪm)
any linden tree, such as Tilia europaea, planted in many varieties for ornament
[C17: changed from obsolete line, from Old English lindlinden]

lime4 (laɪm)
slang (Caribbean) (intr) (of young people) to sit or stand around on the pavement
[of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

"chalky mineral used in making mortar," from O.E. lim "sticky substance, birdlime, mortar," from P.Gmc. *leimaz (cf. O.N. lim, Du. lijm, Ger. Leim), from PIE base *(s)lei- "slime, slimy, sticky" (cf. L. limus "slime, mud, mire," linere "to smear;" O.E. slim "slime;" Skt. linati "adheres to, slips into,
disappears;" Gk. alinein "to anoint, besmear;" O.Ir. leinam "I follow," lit. "I stick to"). 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. Birdlime is a viscous sticky stuff prepared from holly bark and used to catch small birds.

"type of citrus fruit," 1638, from Sp. lima, from Arabic limah "citrus fruit," a back-formation or a collective noun from limun "lemon" (see lemon).

"linden tree," 1625, from M.E. lynde, from O.E. lind (see linden). The change of -n- to -m- probably began in compounds whose second element began in a labial (e.g. line-bark, line-bast).
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Medical Dictionary

lime 1 (līm)

  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

  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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lime   (līm)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Lime definition

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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