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lime

Noun

1 a caustic substance produced by heating limestone [syn: calcium hydroxide, slaked lime, hydrated lime, calcium hydrate, caustic lime, lime hydrate]
2 a white crystalline oxide used in the production of calcium hydroxide [syn: calcium oxide, quicklime, calx, calcined lime, fluxing lime, unslaked lime, burnt lime]
3 a sticky adhesive that is smeared on small branches to capture small birds [syn: birdlime]
4 any of various related trees bearing limes [syn: lime tree, Citrus aurantifolia]
5 any of various deciduous trees of the genus Tilia with heart-shaped leaves and drooping cymose clusters of yellowish often fragrant flowers; several yield valuable timber [syn: linden, linden tree, basswood, lime tree]
6 the green acidic fruit of any of various lime trees

Verb

1 spread birdlime on branches to catch birds [syn: birdlime]
2 cover with lime so as to induce growth; "lime the lawn"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /laɪm/, /laIm/
  • Rhymes with: -aɪm

Etymology 1

Old English līm. Cognate with Dutch lijm, German Leim; Latin limus ‘mud’.

Noun

  1. any gluey or adhesive substance; something which traps or captures someone
  2. A white alkaline substance, calcium oxide, obtained from limestone; quicklime
    • 1952: Lime, which is the product of the burning of chalk or limestone, might be bought ready burnt, or it could be burnt in kilns specially constructed in the neighbourhood of the building operations. — L.F. Salzman, Building in England, page 149.
  3. A dry white powder (calcium hydroxide).
entrapping adhesive substance
calcium oxide, quicklime
calcium hydroxide

Verb

  1. To treat with calcium hydroxide or calcium oxide (lime).
Translations
treat with lime

Etymology 2

An alteration of line, a variant form of lind.

Noun

  1. A deciduous tree of the genus Tilia, especially Tilia X vulgaris; the linden tree, or its wood
Related terms
Translations
linden tree
  • Albanian: bli
  • Bosnian: lipa
  • Czech: lípa
  • Dutch: linde , lindeboom
  • Finnish: lehmus
  • French: tilleul
  • German: Linde, Lindenbaum
  • Hungarian: hárs
  • Latin: tilia
  • Polish: lipa
  • Portuguese: tília
  • Romanian: tei
  • Russian: липа
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: липа
    Latin: lipa
  • Slovene: lipa

Etymology 3

From etyl fr lime#French, from etyl es lima, from etyl ar sc=Arab.

Noun

  1. A green citrus fruit, somewhat smaller and sharper-tasting than a lemon.
  2. Any of the trees that bear limes, especially Citrus aurantiifolia
  3. a light, somewhat yellowish, green colour, the colour of the fruit of a lime tree.
    lime colour:   
a green citrus fruit
tree
  • Bosnian: lipa
  • Dutch: limoenenboom
  • Finnish: lime(puu), limetti(puu)
  • German: Limone, Limette
  • Icelandic: lind
  • Maltese: lumiċella
  • Polish: lipa
  • Portuguese: limeira
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: липа
    Latin: lipa
  • Spanish: limero
colour

Adjective

  1. Containing lime or lime juice.
  2. Having the aroma or flavor of lime.
  3. Lime-green.
Translations
containing lime/lime juice

Etymology 4

Verb

  1. In the context of "Trinidad": To hang out.

Danish

Noun

  • English:Lime (a fruit)
  1. defn Danish

Verb

lime
  1. A file (the tool)

French

Pronunciation

  • /lim/

Etymology 1

Latin lima.

Noun

fr-noun f
  1. file (tool)

Derived terms

Etymology 2

From Spanish lima, from Arabic (līma).

Noun

fr-noun f
  1. lime (fruit, tree)
Synonyms

Extensive Definition

Lime may refer to:
Lime may also be:
lime in French: Lime
lime in Italian: Calcare
lime in Hungarian: Mészkő
lime in Dutch: Lime
lime in Japanese: ライム (曖昧さ回避)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

acid, acidulant, allure, bait, bait the hook, birdlime, bola, bread-and-butter pickle, burden, catch, catch out, chokecherry, cobweb, crab apple, cramp, cripple, cumber, decoy, dill pickle, dragnet, embarrass, encumber, enmesh, ensnare, ensnarl, entangle, entoil, entrammel, entrap, entwine, enweb, fetter, fishhook, fly, gill net, gin, green apple, ground bait, hamper, hamstring, handicap, hobble, hook, hook in, impede, inveigle, involve, jig, lame, lariat, lasso, lemon, lumber, lure, mesh, meshes, net, noose, pickle, plug, pound net, press down, purse seine, saddle with, seine, shackle, snare, snarl, sniggle, sour, sour balls, sour cream, sour grapes, sour pickle, sourdough, spinner, spread the toils, springe, squid, tangle, toil, toils, trammel, trap, trawl, trip, verjuice, vinegar, weigh down, wind, wobbler, yogurt
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