lime

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See also: limé and līme

English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English lyme, lym, lime, from Old English līm, from Proto-Germanic *līmaz. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Liem (glue), Dutch lijm, German Leim (glue), Danish lim (from Old Norse lím), Latin limus (mud).

Noun[edit]

lime (countable and uncountable, plural limes)

  1. (chemistry) Any inorganic material containing calcium, usually calcium oxide (quicklime) or calcium hydroxide (slaked lime).
    • 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.
    • 1835, William Wordsworth, They called Thee Merry England, in old time [first line of unnamed poem]
      Like the lime which 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, George Eliot [pseudonym; Mary Ann Evans], chapter III, in Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life, volume I, Edinburgh; London: William Blackwood and Sons, OCLC 948783829, book I (Miss Brooke), page 38:
      But there was nothing of an ascetic's expression in her bright full eyes, as 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.
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]

English Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia
Avocados and limes.

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

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 brilliant, sometimes yellowish, green colour associated with the fruits of a lime tree.
    lime:  
    web lime:  
  4. (fandom slang) A fan fiction story which contains sexual references, but stops short of full, explicit descriptions of sexual activity (coined by analogy with lemon).
    • 1998 June 8, Gary Kleppe, “[Ranma][Fanfic] Tangled Web”, in rec.arts.anime.creative, Usenet[1]:
      WARNING: This is a lime. While it does not show explicit sex, as a lemon would, references to sexual situations abound.
    • 1998 December 29, jiml...@earthlink.net, “[EVA][FanFic][Lemon] Garden of EVA 0:6x - Wet Dreams Bite!”, in rec.arts.anime.creative, Usenet[2]:
      Even with all the sex in Garden of EVA, I still think the main stories are better for just being the lemon-scented limes that they are.
    • 2001 November 27, Schemer, “[Ranma/SF][FanFic] A Learning Experience - Chapter 01”, in rec.arts.anime.creative, Usenet[3]:
      I have no intention of writing any lemon scenes, limes are possibilities but unlikely and if they occur they will be few in number.
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.

Derived terms[edit]
terms derived from lime ("Citrus")
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Colors in English · colors, colours (layout · text)
     white      gray, grey      black
             red; crimson              orange; brown              yellow; cream
             lime              green              mint
             cyan; teal              azure, sky blue              blue
             violet; indigo              magenta; purple              pink

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

Etymology 5[edit]

Noun[edit]

lime (plural limes)

  1. Alternative form of lyam (a leash)
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Danish[edit]

Noun[edit]

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

  1. lime (fruit)

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Verb[edit]

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

  1. to glue

Finnish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈlime/, [ˈlime̞]
  • Rhymes: -ime
  • Syllabification: li‧me

Noun[edit]

lime

  1. lime (citrus tree and its fruit)

Usage notes[edit]

This word is now more common than limetti but still regarded as less correct by, for example, the Kielitoimiston sanakirja. Some inflected forms are indeed quite awkward to use.

Declension[edit]

Inflection of lime (Kotus type 8/nalle, no gradation)
nominative lime limet
genitive limen limejen
partitive limeä limejä
illative limeen limeihin
singular plural
nominative lime limet
accusative nom. lime limet
gen. limen
genitive limen limejen
limeinrare
partitive limeä limejä
inessive limessä limeissä
elative limestä limeistä
illative limeen limeihin
adessive limellä limeillä
ablative limeltä limeiltä
allative limelle limeille
essive limenä limeinä
translative limeksi limeiksi
instructive limein
abessive limettä limeittä
comitative limeineen
Possessive forms of lime (type nalle)
possessor singular plural
1st person limeni limemme
2nd person limesi limenne
3rd person limensä

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /lim/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -im

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]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

lime f pl

  1. plural of lima

Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from English.

Noun[edit]

lime m (invariable)

  1. lime (citrus tree)

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Jamaican Creole[edit]

Etymology[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈlaɪm/
  • Hyphenation: lime

Noun[edit]

lime (plural: lime dem, quantified: lime)

  1. lime (small green citrus fruit)
    It sour like lime.It's as sour as a lime.
    When the virus get drastic, mi a guh draw fi mi garlic and lime.
    When the virus gets worse, I'm going to start taking garlic and lime.
  2. hangout, get-together (social gathering)

Verb[edit]

lime

  1. hang out
  2. dawdle, idle

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Latin[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

līme

  1. vocative singular of līmus

Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English lim.

Noun[edit]

lime

  1. Alternative form of lyme (limb)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English līm.

Noun[edit]

lime

  1. Alternative form of lyme (quicklime)

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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Wikipedia no

Etymology 1[edit]

From Persian لیمو(līmū), via Arabic لِيمَة(līma), Spanish lima, and English lime

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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

Pronunciation[edit]

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]

Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse líma.

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Verb[edit]

lime (present tense limer, past tense limde/limte, past participle limt, passive infinitive limast, present participle limande, imperative lim)

  1. (transitive) to glue
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Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from English lime. From Persian لیمو(līmū), via Arabic لِيمَة(līma).

Noun[edit]

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

  1. (citrus fruit) a lime
  2. lime juice
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Etymology 3[edit]

From Old Norse lími.

Noun[edit]

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

  1. a broom
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Portuguese[edit]

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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

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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.