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lime

LIME, n. [L. limus; Gr. and allied to clammy. On this word is formed slime.]

1. A viscous substance, sometimes laid on twigs for catching birds.

2. Calcarious earth, oxyd of calcium, procured from chalk and certain stones and shells, by expelling from them the carbonic acid, by means of a strong heat in a furnace. The best lime for mortar or cement is obtained from limestone, or carbonate of lime, of which marble is a fine species.

3. The linden tree.

4. [See Lemon.] A species of acid fruit, smaller than the lemon.

LIME, v.t.

1. To smear with a viscous substance.

2. To entangle; to ensnare.

3. To manure with lime.

Land may be improved by draining, marling and liming.

4. To cement.



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LIME, n. [L. limus; Gr. and allied to clammy. On this word is formed slime.]

1. A viscous substance, sometimes laid on twigs for catching birds.

2. Calcarious earth, oxyd of calcium, procured from chalk and certain stones and shells, by expelling from them the carbonic acid, by means of a strong heat in a furnace. The best lime for mortar or cement is obtained from limestone, or carbonate of lime, of which marble is a fine species.

3. The linden tree.

4. [See Lemon.] A species of acid fruit, smaller than the lemon.

LIME, v.t.

1. To smear with a viscous substance.

2. To entangle; to ensnare.

3. To manure with lime.

Land may be improved by draining, marling and liming.

4. To cement.

LIME, n. [Sax. lim, lime, whence geliman, to glue; Sw. and Dan. lim, D. lym, G. leim and lehem, loam; L. limus; It. and Sp. limo; probably Gr. λημη, γλημη, and allied to clammy. On this word is formed slime.]

  1. A viscous substance, sometimes laid on twigs for catching birds. Dryden.
  2. Calcarious earth, oxyd of calcium, procured from chalk and certain stones and shells, by expelling from them the carbonic acid, by means of a strong heat in a furnace. The best lime for mortar or cement is obtained from limestone, or carbonate of lime, of which marble is a fine species. – Hooper. Nicholson.
  3. The linden tree, or Tilia.
  4. [Fr. lime. See Lemon.] A species of acid fruit, smaller than the lemon.

LIME, v.t. [Sax. geliman.]

  1. To smear with a viscous substance. – L'Estrange.
  2. To entangle; to ensnare. – Shak.
  3. To manure with lime. Land may be improved by draining, marling, and liming. – Child.
  4. To cement. – Shak.

Lime
  1. A thong by which a dog is led; a leash.

    Halliwell.
  2. The linden tree. See Linden.
  3. A fruit allied to the lemon, but much smaller; also, the tree which bears it. There are two kinds; Citrus Medica, var. acida which is intensely sour, and the sweet lime (C. Medica, var. Limetta) which is only slightly sour.
  4. Birdlime.

    Like the lime
    That foolish birds are caught with.
    Wordsworth.

  5. To smear with a viscous substance, as birdlime.

    These twigs, in time, will come to be limed. L'Estrange.

  6. Oxide of calcium; 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 slacked lime, and is an essential ingredient of cement, plastering, mortar, etc.

    * Lime is the principal constituent of limestone, marble, chalk, bones, shells, etc.

    Caustic lime, calcium hydrate or slacked lime; also, in a less technical sense, calcium oxide or quicklime. -- Lime burner, one who burns limestone, shells, etc., to make lime. -- Lime light. See Calcium light, under Calcium. -- Lime pit, a limestone quarry. -- Lime rod, Lime twig, a twig smeared with birdlime; hence, that which catches; a snare. Chaucer.

  7. To entangle; to insnare.

    We had limed ourselves
    With open eyes, and we must take the chance.
    Tennyson.

  8. 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.

    Land may be improved by draining, marling, and liming. Sir J. Child.

  9. To cement.

    "Who gave his blood to lime the stones together." Shak.
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Lime

LIME, noun [Latin limus; Gr. and allied to clammy. On this word is formed slime.]

1. A viscous substance, sometimes laid on twigs for catching birds.

2. Calcarious earth, oxyd of calcium, procured from chalk and certain stones and shells, by expelling from them the carbonic acid, by means of a strong heat in a furnace. The best lime for mortar or cement is obtained from limestone, or carbonate of lime of which marble is a fine species.

3. The linden tree.

4. [See Lemon.] A species of acid fruit, smaller than the lemon.

LIME, verb transitive

1. To smear with a viscous substance.

2. To entangle; to ensnare.

3. To manure with lime

Land may be improved by draining, marling and liming.

4. To cement.

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