Meaning of LIME in English


I. ˈlīm 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


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 ; lim·ing )

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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