What does LIME mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. calcium hydroxide, lime, slaked lime, hydrated lime, calcium hydrate, caustic lime, lime hydrate(noun)

    a caustic substance produced by heating limestone

  2. calcium oxide, quicklime, lime, calx, calcined lime, fluxing lime, unslaked lime, burnt lime(noun)

    a white crystalline oxide used in the production of calcium hydroxide

  3. birdlime, lime(noun)

    a sticky adhesive that is smeared on small branches to capture small birds

  4. lime, lime tree, Citrus aurantifolia(noun)

    any of various related trees bearing limes

  5. linden, linden tree, basswood, lime, lime tree(noun)

    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

  6. lime(verb)

    the green acidic fruit of any of various lime trees

  7. birdlime, lime(verb)

    spread birdlime on branches to catch birds

  8. lime(verb)

    cover with lime so as to induce growth

    "lime the lawn"


  1. Lime(n.)

    The color of the lime, a yellowish-green.

  2. Lime(n.)

    (Bot.) The fruit of the Citrus aurantifolia, allied to the lemon, but greener in color; also, the tree which bears it. The term lime was formerly also applied to variants of the closely related citron, of which there are two varieties, Citrus Medica, var. acida which is intensely sour, and the sweet lime (Citrus Medica, var. Limetta) which is only slightly sour. See citron.

  3. Lime(n.)

    (Chem.) Oxide of calcium, CaO; 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 slaked lime, and is an essential ingredient of cement, plastering, mortar, etc.

  4. lime(a.)

    having a yellowish-green color like that of the lime (the fruit).


  1. lime(Noun)

    A green citrus fruit, somewhat smaller and sharper-tasting than a lemon.

  2. lime(Noun)

    Any of the trees that bear limes, especially Citrus aurantiifolia

  3. lime

    A light, somewhat yellowish, green colour associated with the fruits of a lime tree.

  4. lime

    A piece of fanfiction with suggestive or erotic, but not explicit content.

  5. lime(Verb)

    To hang out, pass time on the streets.

  6. lime(Noun)

    A fan fiction story that stops short of full, explicit descriptions of sexual activity; a story characterized by PG-13 level explicitness; or one that approaches an intimate scene, and then goes "off-camera", with the intimacy left to the reader's imagination.

  7. lime(Adjective)

    Containing lime or lime juice.

  8. lime(Adjective)

    Having the aroma or flavor of lime.

  9. lime


  10. Origin: lim, from līmaz. Cognate with Danish lim (from Old Norse lím), Dutch lijm, German Leim; Latin limus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lime(noun)

    a thong by which a dog is led; a leash

  2. Lime(noun)

    the linden tree. See Linden

  3. Lime(noun)

    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

  4. Lime(noun)


  5. Lime(noun)

    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, and is an essential ingredient of cement, plastering, mortar, etc

  6. Lime(verb)

    to smear with a viscous substance, as birdlime

  7. Lime(verb)

    to entangle; to insnare

  8. Lime(verb)

    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

  9. Lime(verb)

    to cement

  10. Origin: [See Leam a string.]


  1. Lime

    Lime is a general term for calcium-containing inorganic materials, in which carbonates, oxides and hydroxides predominate. Strictly speaking, lime is calcium oxide or calcium hydroxide. It is also the name of the natural mineral CaO which occurs as a product of coal seam fires and in altered limestone xenoliths in volcanic ejecta. The word "lime" originates with its earliest use as building mortar and has the sense of "sticking or adhering." These materials are still used in large quantities as building and engineering materials and as chemical feedstocks, among other uses. Lime industries and the use of many of the resulting products date from prehistoric periods in both the Old World and the New World. Lime is used extensively for waste water treatment with ferrous sulfate. The rocks and minerals from which these materials are derived, typically limestone or chalk, are composed primarily of calcium carbonate. They may be cut, crushed or pulverized and chemically altered. "Burning" converts them into the highly caustic material quicklime and, through subsequent addition of water, into the less caustic slaked lime or hydrated lime, the process of which is called slaking of lime.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lime

    līm, n. any slimy or gluey material: bird-lime: the white caustic earth from limestone, and used for cement.—v.t. to cover with lime: to cement: to manure with lime: to ensnare.—ns. Lime′-burn′er, one who burns limestone to form lime; Lime′kiln, a kiln or furnace in which limestone is burned to lime; Lime′-light, or Calcium-light, light produced by a blowpipe-flame directed against a block of pure, compressed quicklime; Lime′stone, stone from which lime is procured by burning; Lime′twig, a twig smeared with bird-lime: a snare; Lime′wash, a coating given with a solution of lime; Lime′wa′ter, a saturated aqueous solution of lime.—adjs. Lim′ous, gluey: slimy: muddy; Lim′y, glutinous: sticky: containing, resembling, or having the qualities of lime. [A.S. lím; Ger. leim, glue, L. limus, slime.]

  2. Lime

    līm, n. a kind of citron or lemon tree and its fruit.—n. Lime′-juice, the acid juice of the lime, used at sea as a specific against scurvy. [Fr.]

Editors Contribution

  1. lime

    A color green on the color spectrum.

    Lime green can be a light green with a hint of yellow in it.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on February 14, 2017  
  2. lime

    A type of cultivar, plant, seed and tree created and cultivated in various colors and species.

    Limes are used in cooking, drinks and for various other purposes.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on February 14, 2017  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of LIME in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of LIME in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of LIME in a Sentence

  1. Robert Herrick:

    What is a kiss? Why this, as some approve: The sure, sweet cement, glue, and lime of love.

  2. Karin Lazarus:

    White chocolate truffles made with key lime oil and rolled in graham cracker crumbs, it’s our most popular product.

  3. Marc McAllister:

    It's a huge opportunity, for people who are using Bird and Lime today, how do we give them a much better experience with a Harley-Davidson brand and lifestyle ?

  4. Camren Brantley-Rios:

    My favorite way to cook crickets is with chili powder or taco seasoning-- I love Mexican food so seasoned crickets with lime juice works with all of my favorite foods.

  5. Alex Gares:

    What I promise to tell my staff is how to improve their dishes, this is missing a bit of lime or missing a bit of sugar or maybe it's the cooking points of the prawns.

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