UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈlaɪm/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/laɪm/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(līm)

Inflections of 'lime' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
lime1 /laɪm/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Chemistrya white or grayish white, odorless, lumpy solid used chiefly in mortar, plaster, and cement, in bleaching powder, and in various compounds for improving crops.
lim•y, adj.,  -i•er, -i•est. 

lime2 /laɪm/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Plant Biologythe small, greenish yellow, acid fruit of a citrus tree related to the lemon: [countable]two limes.[uncountable]a taste of lime.
  2. Plant Biology[countable] the tree that bears this fruit.
  3. [uncountable] a greenish yellow.

  1. of the color lime.
  2. made with limes.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
lime1  (līm),USA pronunciation n., v.,  limed, lim•ing. 
  1. ChemistryAlso called  burnt lime, calcium oxide, caustic lime, calx, quicklime. a white or grayish-white, odorless, lumpy, very slightly water-soluble solid, CaO, that when combined with water forms calcium hydroxide (slaked lime), obtained from calcium carbonate, limestone, or oyster shells: used chiefly in mortars, plasters, and cements, in bleaching powder, and in the manufacture of steel, paper, glass, and various chemicals of calcium.
  2. Chemistrya calcium compound for improving crops grown in soils deficient in lime.
  3. birdlime.

  1. to treat (soil) with lime or compounds of calcium.
  2. to smear (twigs, branches, etc.) with birdlime.
  3. to catch with or as if with birdlime.
  4. to paint or cover (a surface) with a composition of lime and water;
    whitewash:The government buildings were freshly limed.
limeless, adj. 
limelike′, adj. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English, Old English līm; cognate with Dutch lijm, German Leim, Old Norse līm glue, Latin līmus slime; akin to loam

lime2  (līm),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Plant Biologythe small, greenish-yellow, acid fruit of a citrus tree, Citrus aurantifolia, allied to the lemon.
  2. Plant Biologythe tree that bears this fruit.
  3. greenish yellow.

  1. of the color lime.
  2. of or made with limes.
limeless, adj. 
limelike′, adj. 
  • Persian līmū(n); compare lemon
  • Arabic līmah, līm citrus fruit
  • Spanish lima
  • 1615–25

lime3  (līm),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Plant Biologythe European linden, Tilia europaea.
  • unexplained variant of obsolete line, lind, Middle English, Old English lind. See linden 1615–25

lime4  (līm),USA pronunciation n. [Informal.]
  1. Informal Termslimelight.
  • shortened form

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
lime /laɪm/ n
  1. short for quicklime, birdlime, slaked lime
  2. any of certain calcium compounds, esp calcium hydroxide, spread as a dressing on lime-deficient land
vb (transitive)
  1. to spread (twigs, etc) with birdlime
  2. to spread a calcium compound upon (land) to improve plant growth
  3. to catch (animals, esp birds) with or as if with birdlime
  4. to whitewash or cover (a wall, ceiling, etc) with a mixture of lime and water (limewash)
Etymology: Old English līm; related to Icelandic līm glue, Latin līmus slime
lime /laɪm/ n
  1. a small Asian citrus tree, Citrus aurantifolia, with stiff sharp spines and small round or oval greenish fruits
  2. the fruit of this tree, having acid fleshy pulp rich in vitamin C
  3. (as modifier): lime juice
  1. having the flavour of lime fruit
Etymology: 17th Century: from French, from Provençal, from Arabic līmah
lime /laɪm/ n
  1. any linden tree, such as Tilia europaea, planted in many varieties for ornament
Etymology: 17th Century: changed from obsolete line, from Old English lind linden
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