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lime

Definitions


[lʌɪm], (Noun)

Definitions:
- a white caustic alkaline substance consisting of calcium oxide, which is obtained by heating limestone and which combines with water with the production of much heat; quicklime.

- birdlime.


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Origin:
Old English līm, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch lijm, German Leim, also to loam


[lʌɪm], (Verb)

Definitions:
- treat (soil or water) with lime to reduce acidity and improve fertility or oxygen levels
(e.g: they were liming acidified lakes)

- give (wood, especially oak) a bleached appearance by treating it with lime
(e.g: the oak had to be limed, then waxed, and then brushed to get that particular effect)

- catch (a bird) with birdlime
(e.g: the bird that hath been limed in a bush)


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[lʌɪm], (Noun)

Definitions:
- a rounded citrus fruit similar to a lemon but greener, smaller, and with a distinctive acid flavour
(e.g: roughly chop two limes)

- the evergreen citrus tree which produces limes, widely cultivated in warm climates.

- a bright light green colour like that of a lime
(e.g: a lime-green bikini)


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Origin:
mid 17th century: from French, from modern Provençal limo, Spanish lima, from Arabic līma; compare with lemon


[lʌɪm], (Noun)

Definitions:
- a deciduous tree with heart-shaped leaves and fragrant yellowish blossom, native to north temperate regions. The pale timber is used for carving and inexpensive furniture.


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Origin:
early 17th century: alteration of obsolete line, from Old English lind (see linden)


[lʌɪm], (Verb)

Definitions:
- sit or stand around talking with others
(e.g: boys and girls were liming along the roadside as if they didn't have anything to do)


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Origin:
origin uncertain; said to be from Limey (because of the number of British sailors present during the Second World War), or from suck a lime, expressing bitterness at not being invited to a gathering


[lʌɪm], (Noun)

Definitions:
- an informal social gathering characterized by semi-ritualized talking.


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