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Lime vs. Lye

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Limenoun

(chemistry) Any inorganic material containing calcium, usually calcium oxide (quicklime) or calcium hydroxide (slaked lime).

Lyenoun

An alkaline liquid made by leaching ashes (usually wood ashes).

Limenoun

(poetic) Any gluey or adhesive substance; something which traps or captures someone; sometimes a synonym for birdlime.

Lyenoun

Potassium or sodium hydroxide (caustic soda).

Limenoun

A deciduous tree of the genus Tilia, especially Tilia × europaea; the linden tree, or its wood.

Lyenoun

A short side line, connected with the main line; a turn-out; a siding.

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Limenoun

Any of several green citrus fruit, somewhat smaller and sharper-tasting than a lemon.

Lyeverb

obsolete spelling of lie

Limenoun

Any of the trees that bear limes, especially key lime, Citrus aurantiifolia.

Lyenoun

A strong caustic alkaline solution of potassium salts, obtained by leaching wood ashes. It is much used in making soap, etc.

Limenoun

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

Lyenoun

Sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide, or a concentrated aqueous solution of either compound.

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Limeverb

(transitive) To treat with calcium hydroxide or calcium oxide (lime).

Lyenoun

A short side line, connected with the main line; a turn-out; a siding.

Limeverb

(transitive) To smear with birdlime.

Lyenoun

A falsehood.

Limeverb

(rare) To ensnare, catch, entrap.

Lyenoun

a strong solution of sodium or potassium hydroxide

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Limeverb

(transitive) To apply limewash.

Lyenoun

a strongly alkaline solution, especially of potassium hydroxide, used for washing or cleansing.

Limeverb

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

Lye

A lye is a metal hydroxide traditionally obtained by leaching wood ashes, or a strong alkali which is highly soluble in water producing caustic basic solutions. most commonly refers to sodium hydroxide (NaOH), but historically has been used for potassium hydroxide (KOH).

‘Lye’;

Limeadjective

Containing lime or lime juice.

Limeadjective

Having the aroma or flavor of lime.

Limeadjective

Lime-green.

Limenoun

A thong by which a dog is led; a leash.

Limenoun

The linden tree. See Linden.

Limenoun

The fruit of the Citrus aurantifolia, allied to the lemon, but greener in color; also, the tree which bears it.

Limenoun

The color of the lime{1}, a yellowish-green.

Limenoun

Birdlime.

‘Like the limeThat foolish birds are caught with.’;

Limenoun

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.

Limeverb

To smear with a viscous substance, as birdlime.

‘These twigs, in time, will come to be limed.’;

Limeverb

To entangle; to insnare.

‘We had limed ourselvesWith open eyes, and we must take the chance.’;

Limeverb

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.

‘Land may be improved by draining, marling, and liming.’;

Limeverb

To cement.

Limeadjective

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

Limenoun

a caustic substance produced by heating limestone

Limenoun

a white crystalline oxide used in the production of calcium hydroxide

Limenoun

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

Limenoun

any of various related trees bearing limes

Limenoun

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

Limenoun

the green acidic fruit of any of various lime trees

Limeverb

spread birdlime on branches to catch birds

Limeverb

cover with lime so as to induce growth;

‘lime the lawn’;

Limenoun

a white caustic alkaline substance consisting of calcium oxide, which is obtained by heating limestone and which combines with water with the production of much heat; quicklime.

Limenoun

a white alkaline substance consisting of calcium hydroxide, made by adding water to quicklime and used in traditional building methods to make plaster, mortar, and limewash.

Limenoun

(in general use) any of a number of calcium compounds, especially calcium hydroxide, used as an additive to soil or water.

Limenoun

birdlime.

Limenoun

a rounded citrus fruit similar to a lemon but greener, smaller, and with a distinctive acid flavour

‘wedges of lime’; ‘lime juice’; ‘roughly chop two limes’;

Limenoun

a drink made from or flavoured with lime juice

‘lager and lime’;

Limenoun

the evergreen citrus tree which produces limes, widely cultivated in warm climates.

Limenoun

a bright light green colour like that of a lime

‘a lime-green bikini’;

Limenoun

a deciduous tree with heart-shaped leaves and fragrant yellowish blossom, native to north temperate regions. The pale timber is used for carving and inexpensive furniture.

Limenoun

an informal social gathering characterized by semi-ritualized talking.

Limeverb

treat (soil or water) with lime to reduce acidity and improve fertility or oxygen levels

‘they were liming acidified lakes’;

Limeverb

give (wood) a bleached appearance by treating it with lime

‘limed oak dining furniture’;

Limeverb

catch (a bird) with birdlime

‘the bird that hath been limed in a bush’;

Limeverb

sit or stand around talking with others

‘boys and girls were liming along the roadside as if they didn't have anything to do’;

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