lime

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Old English līm, from Proto-Germanic *līmaz. Cognate with Danish lim (from Old Norse lím), Dutch lijm, German Leim; Latin limus ‎(mud).

Noun[edit]

lime ‎(countable and uncountable, plural limes)

  1. (chemistry) A general term for inorganic materials containing calcium, usually calcium oxide or calcium hydroxide; quicklime.
    • 1952, L.F. Salzman, Building in England, page 149.
      Lime, which is the product of the burning of chalk or limestone, might be bought ready burnt, or it could be burnt in kilns specially constructed in the neighbourhood of the building operations.
  2. (poetic) Any gluey or adhesive substance; something which traps or captures someone; sometimes a synonym for birdlime.
    • 1610, The Tempest, by William Shakespeare, act 4 scene 1
      Monster, come, put some lime upon your fingers, and away with the rest.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Wordsworth
      Like the lime that foolish birds are caught with.
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Verb[edit]

lime ‎(third-person singular simple present limes, present participle liming, simple past and past participle limed)

  1. (transitive) To treat with calcium hydroxide or calcium oxide (lime).
  2. (transitive) To smear with birdlime.
    1. (rare) To ensnare, catch, entrap.
  3. (transitive) To apply limewash
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Etymology 2[edit]

Avenue of limes (Tilia) in Prague.

An alteration of line, a variant form of lind.

Noun[edit]

lime ‎(plural limes)

  1. A deciduous tree of the genus Tilia, especially Tilia × europaea; the linden tree, or its wood.
    • 1871–72, George Eliot, Middlemarch, Chapter 3
      she looked before her, not consciously seeing, but absorbing into the intensity of her mood, the solemn glory of the afternoon with its long swathes of light between the far-off rows of limes, whose shadows touched each other.
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Usage notes[edit]
  • Both this and the citrus are trees with fragrant flowers, but this is more temperate and the citrus is more tropical and subtropical. Outside of Europe and adjoining parts of Asia, the citrus sense is much more common
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Etymology 3[edit]

Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia

Avocados and limes.

From French lime, from Spanish lima, from Arabic لِيمَة ‎(līma).

Noun[edit]

lime ‎(plural limes)

  1. Any of several green citrus fruit, somewhat smaller and sharper-tasting than a lemon.
  2. Any of the trees that bear limes, especially key lime, Citrus aurantiifolia.
  3. A light, somewhat yellowish, green colour associated with the fruits of a lime tree.
    lime colour:    
    web lime colour:    
Usage notes[edit]

Both this and the linden are trees with fragrant flowers, but the linden is more temperate and this is more tropical and subtropical. Outside of Europe and adjoining parts of Asia, this sense is much more common.

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Adjective[edit]

lime ‎(not comparable)

  1. Containing lime or lime juice.
  2. Having the aroma or flavor of lime.
  3. Lime-green.
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Etymology 4[edit]

Back-formation from limer.

Verb[edit]

lime ‎(third-person singular simple present limes, present participle liming, simple past and past participle limed)

  1. (West Indies) To hang out/socialize in an informal, relaxed environment, especially with friends, for example at a party or on the beach.

Etymology 5[edit]

From lime (the fruit) as comparable to lemon (a more explicit rating in anime).

Noun[edit]

lime ‎(plural limes)

  1. (anime) A fan fiction story that stops short of full, explicit descriptions of sexual activity, with the intimacy left to the reader's imagination.

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Danish[edit]

Noun[edit]

lime c (singular definite limen, plural indefinite lime or limes)

  1. lime (fruit)

Inflection[edit]

Verb[edit]

lime ‎(imperative lim, infinitive at lime, present tense limer, past tense limede, past participle har limet)

  1. to glue

Finnish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈlime/
  • Hyphenation: li‧me

Noun[edit]

lime

  1. lime (citrus fruit and its fruit)

Declension[edit]

Inflection of lime (Kotus type 8/nalle, no gradation)
nominative lime limet
genitive limen limejen
partitive limea limeja
illative limeen limeihin
singular plural
nominative lime limet
accusative nom.? lime limet
gen. limen
genitive limen limejen
limeinrare
partitive limea limeja
inessive limessa limeissa
elative limesta limeista
illative limeen limeihin
adessive limella limeilla
ablative limelta limeilta
allative limelle limeille
essive limena limeina
translative limeksi limeiksi
instructive limein
abessive limetta limeitta
comitative limeineen

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This word is regarded as incorrect by many. Some inflected forms are indeed quite awkward to use.

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin līma.

Noun[edit]

lime f ‎(plural limes)

  1. file (tool)
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Spanish lima, from Arabic لِيمَة ‎(līma).

Noun[edit]

lime f ‎(plural limes)

  1. lime (fruit, tree)
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Galician[edit]

Verb[edit]

lime

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of limar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of limar

Italian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

lime f

  1. plural of lima

Etymology 2[edit]

From English

Noun[edit]

lime m ‎(invariable)

  1. lime (citrus tree)

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Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

līme

  1. vocative singular of līmus

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Norwegian Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia no

Etymology 1[edit]

From Persian, via Arabic, Spanish lima, and English lime

Noun[edit]

lime m ‎(definite singular limen, indefinite plural limer, definite plural limene)

  1. a lime (citrus fruit)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Norse líma

Verb[edit]

lime ‎(imperative lim, present tense limer, passive limes, simple past lima or limet or limte, past participle lima or limet or limt, present participle limende)

  1. to glue or paste (something)
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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

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Wikipedia nn

Etymology[edit]

From Persian, via Arabic, Spanish, and English lime

Noun[edit]

lime m ‎(definite singular limen, indefinite plural limar, definite plural limane)

  1. a lime (citrus fruit)

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Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

lime

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of limar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of limar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of limar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of limar

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

lime

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of limar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of limar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of limar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of limar.