Lime Lime, n. [AS. l[=i]m; akin to D. lijm, G. leim, OHG. l[=i]m, Icel. l[=i]m, Sw. lim, Dan. liim, L. limus mud, linere to smear, and E. loam. [root]126. Cf. {Loam}, {Liniment}.] 1. Birdlime. [1913 Webster]

Like the lime That foolish birds are caught with. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster +PJC]

Note: Lime is the principal constituent of limestone, marble, chalk, bones, shells, etc. [1913 Webster]

{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}, {Lime twig}, a twig smeared with birdlime; hence, that which catches; a snare. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Quicklime — Quick lime, n. [See {Quick}, a.] (Chem.) Calcium oxide; unslacked lime; so called because when wet it develops great heat. See 4th {Lime}, 2. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quicklime — (n.) c.1400, from QUICK (Cf. quick) + LIME (Cf. lime) (n.1). A loan translation of L. calx viva …   Etymology dictionary

  • quicklime — ► NOUN ▪ a white caustic alkaline substance consisting of calcium oxide, obtained by heating limestone …   English terms dictionary

  • quicklime — [kwik′līm΄] n. [ME quykke lyme, based on L calx viva] a product consisting chiefly of calcium oxide, obtained by roasting limestone, marble, shells, etc.; unslaked lime …   English World dictionary

  • quicklime — 1. noun lime, (calcium oxide), produced by heating limestone; on treatment with water it gives slaked lime 2. verb To treat with quicklime …   Wiktionary

  • quicklime — orinės kalkės statusas T sritis chemija apibrėžtis Ore kietėjančios kalkės. atitikmenys: angl. air hardening lime; common lime; quicklime rus. воздушная известь …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • quicklime — kalcio oksidas statusas T sritis chemija formulė CaO atitikmenys: angl. burnt lime; calcium oxide; calx; caustic lime; lime; quicklime rus. жженая известь; кальция оксид; негашеная известь; обожженная известь ryšiai: sinonimas – degtos kalkės… …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • quicklime — noun Date: 14th century lime I,2a …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • quicklime — /kwik luym /, n. lime1 (def. 1). [1350 1400; ME quyk lym, trans. L calx viva; see QUICK, LIME1] * * *       calcium oxide, an alkaline inorganic compound of calcium (q.v.). * * * …   Universalium

  • quicklime — Unslaked lime. See lime (2). * * * quick·lime kwik .līm n LIME * * * quick·lime (kwikґlīm) calcium oxide …   Medical dictionary

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