Lime

Definition of Lime

Pronunciation: līmd
n.1.A thong by which a dog is led; a leash.
1.(Bot.) The linden tree. See Linden.
1.(Bot.) The fruit of the Citrus aurantifolia, allied to the lemon, but greener in color; also, the tree which bears it.
2.The color of the lime{1}, a yellowish-green.
1.Birdlime.
Like the lime
That foolish birds are caught with.
- Wordsworth.
2.(Chem.) Oxide of calcium, CaO; the white or gray, caustic substance, usually called quicklime, obtained by calcining limestone or shells, the heat driving off carbon dioxide and leaving lime. It develops great heat when treated with water, forming slaked lime, and is an essential ingredient of cement, plastering, mortar, etc.
Caustic lime
Calcium hydroxide or slaked lime; also, in a less technical sense, calcium oxide or quicklime.
Lime burner
one who burns limestone, shells, etc., to make lime.
Lime pit
a limestone quarry.
Lime rod
a twig smeared with birdlime; hence, that which catches; a snare.
- Chaucer.
v. t.1.To smear with a viscous substance, as birdlime.
[imp. & p. p. Limed (līmd); p. pr. & vb. n. Liming.]
These twigs, in time, will come to be limed.
- L'Estrange.
2.To entangle; to insnare.
We had limed ourselves
With open eyes, and we must take the chance.
- Tennyson.
3.To treat with lime, or oxide or hydrate of calcium; to manure with lime; as, to lime hides for removing the hair; to lime sails in order to whiten them; to lime the lawn to decrease acidity of the soil.
Land may be improved by draining, marling, and liming.
- Sir J. Child.
4.To cement.
a.1.having a yellowish-green color like that of the lime (the fruit).

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