lime
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English līm; akin to Old High German līm birdlime, Latin limus mud, slime, and perhaps to Latin linere to smear Date: before 12th century 1. birdlime 2. a. a caustic highly infusible solid that consists of calcium oxide often together with magnesium oxide, that is obtained by calcining forms of calcium carbonate (as shells or limestone), and that is used in building (as in mortar and plaster) and in agriculture — called also quicklime b. a dry white powder consisting essentially of calcium hydroxide that is made by treating quicklime with water c. calcium <
carbonate of lime
>
II. transitive verb (limed; liming) Date: 13th century 1. to smear with a sticky substance (as birdlime) 2. to entangle with or as if with birdlime 3. to treat or cover with lime <
lime the lawn in the spring
>
III. adjective Date: 15th century of, relating to, or containing lime or limestone IV. noun Etymology: alteration of Middle English lind, from Old English; akin to Old High German linta linden Date: 1625 a linden tree; especially linden 1a V. noun Etymology: Middle French, from Spanish lima, from Arabic līma, līm Date: 1583 1. the small globose yellowish green fruit of a widely cultivated spiny tropical Asian citrus tree (Citrus aurantifolia) with a usually acid juicy pulp used as a flavoring agent and as a source of vitamin C 2. a tree that bears limes

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  • lime — 1. (li m ) s. f. 1°   Outil de fer ou plutôt d acier garni d aspérités régulièrement disposées, et qui sert à polir, à couper le fer, etc. •   On conte qu un serpent, voisin d un horloger, Entra dans sa boutique, et, cherchant à manger, N y… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lime — Lime, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Limed} (l[imac]md); p. pr. & vb. n. {Liming}.] [Cf. AS. gel[=i]man to glue or join together. See {Lime} a viscous substance.] 1. To smear with a viscous substance, as birdlime. [1913 Webster] These twigs, in time, will… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lime — Ⅰ. lime [1] ► NOUN 1) quicklime, slaked lime, or any salt or alkali containing calcium. 2) archaic birdlime. ► VERB ▪ treat with lime. DERIVATIVES limy adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • Lime — Lime, n. [F. lime; of Persian origin. See {Lemon}.] 1. (Bot.) The fruit of the {Citrus aurantifolia}, allied to the lemon, but greener in color; also, the tree which bears it. Note: The term lime was formerly also applied to variants of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lime — puede referirse a: Limé, una localidad y comuna de Francia. Lime (grupo), un grupo canadiense de música electrónica y Disco. Lime (anime), género en que se muestra de forma más implícita que en el Lemon las relaciones sexuales. Lime (sistema… …   Wikipedia Español

  • lime — [ laım ] noun * ▸ 1 fruit with green skin ▸ 2 white substance ▸ 3 lime green color ▸ 4 drink made from limes ▸ 5 linden tree 1. ) count or uncount a fruit with a hard green skin and sour juice that grows on a lime tree: a slice of lime 2. )… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • lime — (l[imac]m ), a. having a yellowish green color like that of the lime (the fruit). [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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