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Noun, Verb (transitive), Verb (intransitive), Adjective


Noun lime has 6 senses

Verb lime has 2 senses


limen. [See Leam a string.].
     A thong by which a dog is led; a leash.  Halliwell.  [1913 Webster]
limen. [Formerly line, for earlier lind. See Linden.].
     The linden tree. See Linden.  [1913 Webster]
limen. [F. lime; of Persian origin. See Lemon.].
  •  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."  [1913 Webster]
  •  The color of the lime{1}, a yellowish-green.  [PJC]
limen. [AS. līm; akin to D. lijm, G. leim, OHG. līm, Icel. līm, Sw. lim, Dan. liim, L. limus mud, linere to smear, and E. loam. Loam, Liniment.].
  •  Birdlime.  [1913 Webster]
    "Like the lime
    That foolish birds are caught with.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
    " Lime is the principal constituent of limestone, marble, chalk, bones, shells, etc."  [1913 Webster]
Caustic lime, Calcium hydroxide or slaked lime; also, in a less technical sense, calcium oxide or quicklime. -- Lime burner, one who burns limestone, shells, etc., to make lime. -- Lime pit, a limestone quarry. -- Lime rod, Lime twig, a twig smeared with birdlime; hence, that which catches; a snare. Chaucer.
limev. t. [Cf. AS. gelīman to glue or join together. See Lime a viscous substance.].
  •  To smear with a viscous substance, as birdlime.  [1913 Webster]
    "These twigs, in time, will come to be limed."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To entangle; to insnare.  [1913 Webster]
    "We had limed ourselves
    With open eyes, and we must take the chance.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  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; to lime the lawn to decrease acidity of the soil.  [1913 Webster]
    "Land may be improved by draining, marling, and liming."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To cement.  Shak.
     having a yellowish-green color like that of the lime (the fruit).  [PJC]


lime, n. & v.
1 (in full quicklime) a white caustic alkaline substance (calcium oxide) obtained by heating limestone and used for making mortar or as a fertilizer or bleach etc.
1 treat (wood, skins, land, etc.) with lime.
2 archaic catch (a bird etc.) with birdlime.

lime water an aqueous solution of calcium hydroxide used esp. to detect the presence of carbon dioxide.
limeless adj. limy adj. (limier, limiest).
lime, n.
1 a a round citrus fruit like a lemon but greener, smaller, and more acid. b the tree, Citrus aurantifolia, bearing this.
2 (in full lime-juice) the juice of limes as a drink and formerly esp. as a cure for scurvy.
3 (in full lime-green) a pale green colour like a lime.

lime, n.
1 (in full lime-tree) any ornamental tree of the genus Tilia, esp. T. europaea with heart-shaped leaves and fragrant yellow blossom. Also called LINDEN.
2 the wood of this.

alt. of line = OE lind = LINDEN



acid, acidulant, allure, bait, bait the hook, birdlime, bola, bread-and-butter pickle, burden, catch, catch out, chokecherry, cobweb, crab apple, cramp, cripple, cumber, decoy, dill pickle, dragnet, embarrass, encumber, enmesh, ensnare, ensnarl, entangle, entoil, entrammel, entrap, entwine, enweb, fetter, fishhook, fly, gill net, gin, green apple, ground bait, hamper, hamstring, handicap, hobble, hook, hook in, impede, inveigle, involve, jig, lame, lariat, lasso, lemon, lumber, lure, mesh, meshes, net, noose, pickle, plug, pound net, press down, purse seine, saddle with, seine, shackle, snare, snarl, sniggle, sour, sour balls, sour cream, sour grapes, sour pickle, sourdough, spinner, spread the toils, springe, squid, tangle, toil, toils, trammel, trap, trawl, trip, verjuice, vinegar, weigh down, wind, wobbler, yogurt




VB deceive, take in, defraud, cheat, jockey, do, cozen, diddle, nab, chouse, play one false, bilk, cully, jilt, bite, pluck, swindle, victimize, abuse, mystify, blind one's eyes, blindfold, hoodwink, throw dust into the eyes, dupe, gull, hoax, fool, befool, bamboozle, flimflam, hornswoggle, trick, impose upon, practice upon, play upon, put upon, palm off on, palm upon, foist upon, snatch a verdict, bluff off, bluff, bunko, four flush, gum, spoof, stuff (a ballot box), circumvent, overreach, outreach, out wit, out maneuver, steal a march upon, give the go-by, to leave in the lurch decoy, waylay, lure, beguile, delude, inveigle, entrap, intrap, ensnare, nick, springe, set a trap, lay a trap, lay a snare for, bait the hook, forelay, spread the toils, lime, trapan, trepan, kidnap, let in, hook in, nousle, nousel, blind a trail, enmesh, immesh, shanghai, catch, catch in a trap, sniggle, entangle, illaqueate, hocus, escamoter, practice on one's credulity, hum, humbug, gammon, stuff up, sell, play a trick upon one, play a practical joke upon one, put something over on one, put one over on, balk, trip up, throw a tub to a whale, fool to the top of one's bent, send on a fool's errand, make game, make a fool of, make an April fool of, make an ass of, trifle with, cajole, flatter, come over, gild the pill, make things pleasant, divert, put a good face upon, dissemble, cog, cog the dice, load the dice, stack the deck, live by one's wits, play at hide and seek, obtain money under false pretenses, conjure, juggle, practice chicanery, deacon, play off, palm off, foist off, fob-off, lie, misinform, mislead, betray, be deceived.

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