oxycalcium light
Drummond light Drum"mond light` [From Thomas Drummond, a British naval officer.] A very intense light, produced by turning two streams of gas, one oxygen and the other hydrogen, or coal gas, in a state of ignition, upon a ball of lime; or a stream of oxygen gas through a flame of alcohol upon a ball or disk of lime; -- called also {oxycalcium light}, or {lime light}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The name is also applied sometimes to a heliostat, invented by Drummond, for rendering visible a distant point, as in geodetic surveying, by reflecting upon it a beam of light from the sun. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Oxycalcium — Ox y*cal ci*um, a. [Oxy (a) + calcium.] Of or pertaining to oxygen and calcium; as, the oxycalcium light. See {Drummond light}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oxycalcium — /ɒksiˈkælsiəm/ (say oksee kalseeuhm) adjective relating to or produced by oxygen and calcium: the oxycalcium light …   Australian English dictionary

  • oxycalcium — |äksē+ adjective Etymology: oxy (II) + calcium : of or relating to oxygen and calcium the oxycalcium light or limelight * * * /ok si kal see euhm/, adj. pertaining to or produced by oxygen and calcium. [1860 65; OXY 2 + CALCIUM] …   Useful english dictionary

  • lime|light — «LYM LYT», noun, verb, light|ed or lit, light|ing. –n. 1. the center of public interest or glare of public attention: »Some people are never happy unless they are in the limelight showing off. German bonds took the limelight in the foreign land… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Drummond light — Drum mond light [From Thomas Drummond, a British naval officer.] A very intense light, produced by turning two streams of gas, one oxygen and the other hydrogen, or coal gas, in a state of ignition, upon a ball of lime; or a stream of oxygen gas… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lime light — Drummond light Drum mond light [From Thomas Drummond, a British naval officer.] A very intense light, produced by turning two streams of gas, one oxygen and the other hydrogen, or coal gas, in a state of ignition, upon a ball of lime; or a stream …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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