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Lime Definition

Standard Definition

[n] the green acidic fruit of any of various lime trees
[n] any of various deciduous trees of the genus Tilia heart-shaped leaves and drooping cymose clusters of yellowish often fragrant flowers; several yield valuable timber
[n] any of various related trees bearing limes
[n] a sticky adhesive that is smeared on small branches to capture small birds
[n] a white crystalline oxide used in the production of calcium hydroxide
[n] a caustic substance (Ca(OH)2) produced by heating limestone
[v] cover with lime, as of lawns, to induce growth
[v] spread birdlime on branches to catch birds


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Misc. Definitions

\Lime\ (l[imac]m), n. [See {Leam} a string.] A thong by which a dog is led; a leash. --Halliwell.
\Lime\, n. [Formerly line, for earlier lind. See {Linden}.] (Bot.) The linden tree. See {Linden}.
\Lime\, n. [F. lime; of Persian origin. See {Lemon}.] (Bot.) A fruit allied to the lemon, but much smaller; also, the tree which bears it. There are two kinds; {Citrus Medica}, var. acida which is intensely sour, and the sweet lime ({C. Medica}, var. Limetta) which is only slightly sour.
\Lime\, n. [AS. l[=i]m; akin to D. lijm, G. leim, OHG. l[=i]m, Icel. l[=i]m, Sw. lim, Dan. liim, L. limus mud, linere to smear, and E. loam. [root]12
6. Cf. {Loam}, {Liniment}.]
1. Birdlime. Like the lime That foolish birds are caught with. --Wordsworth.
2. (Chem.) Oxide of calcium; the white or gray, caustic substance, usually called {quicklime}, obtained by calcining limestone or shells, the heat driving off carbon dioxide and leaving lime. It develops great heat when treated with water, forming slacked lime,
\Lime\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Limed} (l[imac]md); p. pr. & vb. n. {Liming}.] [Cf. AS. gel[=i]man to glue or join together. See {Lime} a viscous substance.]
1. To smear with a viscous substance, as birdlime. These twigs, in time, will come to be limed. --L'Estrange.
2. To entangle; to insnare. We had limed ourselves With open eyes, and we must take the chance. --Tennyson.
3. To treat with lime, or oxide or hydrate of calcium; to manure with lime; as, to lime hides for removing the hair; to lime sails in order to whiten them. Land may be improved by draining, marling, and liming. --Sir J. Child.
4. To cement. ``Who gave his blood to lime the stones together.'' --Shak.

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