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Definition of "lime" []

  • A spiny evergreen shrub or tree (Citrus aurantifolia), native to Asia and having leathery leaves, fragrant white flowers, and edible fruit. (noun)
  • The egg-shaped fruit of this plant, having a green rind and acid juice used as flavoring. (noun)
  • See linden. (noun)
  • See calcium oxide. (noun)
  • Any of various mineral and industrial forms of calcium oxide differing chiefly in water content and percentage of constituents such as silica, alumina, and iron. Also called quicklime. (noun)
  • Any of certain calcium compounds, esp calcium hydroxide, spread as a dressing on lime-deficient land (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To spread (twigs, etc) with birdlime (verb)
  • To spread a calcium compound upon (land) to improve plant growth (verb)
  • To catch (animals, esp birds) with or as if with birdlime (verb)
  • To whitewash or cover (a wall, ceiling, etc) with a mixture of lime and water (limewash) (verb)

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Use "lime" in a sentence
  • "In the ordinary so-called raw phosphates, such as bone-meal, bone-ash, coprolites, &c., the lime and phosphoric acid are combined in the form of what is known, in chemical phraseology, as _tribasic phosphate of lime_."
  • "But there is this remarkable difference, that while either the lime, soda, or potash silicate is capable of removing the ammonia from _solution_, the _lime_ silicate alone _has the power of absorbing it from the air_."
  • "On plot 5, with 300 lbs. of superphosphate of lime per acre, the yield is precisely the same as on plot 2, with 100 lbs. of plaster (_sulphate of lime_), per acre."