Meaning of LIME in English

LIME

/ laɪm; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

1.

(also quick·lime ) [ U ] a white substance obtained by heating limestone , used in building materials and to help plants grow

2.

[ C , U ] a small green fruit, like a lemon, with a lot of sour juice, used in cooking and in drinks; the juice of this fruit :

lime juice

slices of lime

3.

(also ˈlime tree ) [ C ] a tree on which limes grow

4.

(also ˈlime tree , ˈlinden tree , linden ) [ C ] a large tree with light green heart-shaped leaves and yellow flowers :

an avenue of limes

5.

[ U ] = lime green

■ verb

[ vn ] to add the substance lime to soil, especially in order to control the acid in it

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WORD ORIGIN

noun sense 1 and verb Old English līm , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch lijm , German Leim , also to loam .

noun senses 2 to 3 mid 17th cent.: from French , from modern Provençal limo , Spanish lima , from Arabic līma ; compare with lemon .

sense 4 early 17th cent.: alteration of obsolete line , from Old English lind lime tree .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.