lime
Pronunciation Noun

lime

  1. (chemistry) Any inorganic material containing calcium, usually calcium oxide (quicklime) or calcium hydroxide (slaked lime).
    • 1952, L.F. Salzman, Building in England, page 149.
      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.
  2. (poetic) Any gluey or adhesive substance; something which traps or captures someone; sometimes a synonym for birdlime.
    • 1610, The Tempest, by William Shakespeare, act 4 scene 1
      Monster, come, put some lime upon your fingers, and away with the rest.
    • Like the lime that foolish birds are caught with.
Translations Translations Verb

lime (limes, present participle liming; past and past participle limed)

  1. (transitive) To treat with calcium hydroxide or calcium oxide (lime).
    • , The Land
      If I were you, I'd lime.
  2. (transitive) To smear with birdlime.
    1. (rare) To ensnare, catch, entrap.
      • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 3 Scene 1
        URSULA. She's lim'd, I warrant you: we have caught her, madam.
        HERO. If it prove so, then loving goes by haps:
        Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.
  3. (transitive) To apply limewash.
Translations
  • German: kalken
  • Portuguese: caiar
  • Russian: разбра́сывать и́звесть
  • Spanish: encalar
Noun

lime (plural limes)

  1. A deciduous tree of the genus Tilia, especially Tilia × europaea; the linden tree, or its wood.
    • 1871, George Eliot [pseudonym; Mary Ann Evans], chapter III, in Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life, volume I, Edinburgh; London: William Blackwood and Sons, OCLC 948783829 ↗, book I (Miss Brooke), page 38 ↗:
      But there was nothing of an ascetic's expression in her bright full eyes, as she looked before her, not consciously seeing, but absorbing into the intensity of her mood, the solemn glory of the afternoon with its long swathes of light between the far-off rows of limes, whose shadows touched each other.
Related terms Noun

lime (plural limes)

  1. Any of several green citrus fruit, somewhat smaller and sharper-tasting than a lemon.
  2. Any of the trees that bear limes, especially Key lime, Citrus aurantiifolia.
  3. A brilliant, sometimes yellowish, green colour associated with the fruits of a lime tree.
     
     
  4. (fandom) A fan fiction story which contains sexual references, but stops short of full, explicit descriptions of sexual activity (coined by analogy with lemon).
Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: verde-lima
  • Russian: жёлто-зелёный
Adjective

lime (not comparable)

  1. Containing lime or lime juice.
  2. Having the aroma or flavor of lime.
  3. Lime-green.
Translations
  • French: citron vert
  • German: Limetten-
  • Russian: ла́ймовый
  • Spanish: de lima
Verb

lime (limes, present participle liming; past and past participle limed)

  1. (West Indies) To hang out/socialize in an informal, relaxed environment, especially with friends, for example at a party or on the beach.
Noun

lime (plural limes)

  1. Alternative form of lyam#English|lyam qual a leash



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