(Lim"ber*ness), n. The quality or state of being limber; flexibleness. Boyle.
(Limb"less) a. Destitute of limbs.
(Limb"meal`) adv. [See Limb, and Piecemeal.] Piecemeal. [Obs.] "To tear her limbmeal."
(Lim"bo Lim"bus) (- bus), n. [L. limbus border, edge, in limbo on the border. Cf. Limb border.]
1. (Scholastic Theol.) An extramundane region where certain classes of souls were supposed to await
As far from help as Limbo is from bliss.Shak.
A Limbo large and broad, since calledMilton.
The Paradise of fools.
The limbus patrum was considered as a place for the souls of good men who lived before the coming
of our Savior. The limbus infantium was said to be a similar place for the souls of unbaptized infants.
To these was added, in the popular belief, the limbus fatuorum, or fool's paradise, regarded as a receptacle
of all vanity and nonsense.
2. Hence: Any real or imaginary place of restraint or confinement; a prison; as, to put a man in limbo.
3. (Anat.) A border or margin; as, the limbus of the cornea.
(Lim"bous) a. [See Limbus.] (Anat.) With slightly overlapping borders; said of a suture.
(Lime) n. [See Leam a string.] A thong by which a dog is led; a leash. Halliwell.
(Lime), n. [Formerly line, for earlier lind. See Linden.] (Bot.) The linden tree. See Linden.
(Lime), n. [F. lime; of Persian origin. See Lemon.] (Bot.) A fruit allied to the lemon, but much
smaller; also, the tree which bears it. There are two kinds; Citrus Medica, var. acida which is intensely
sour, and the sweet lime (C. Medica, var. Limetta) which is only slightly sour.
(Lime), n. [AS. lim; akin to D. lijm, G. leim, OHG. lim, Icel. lim, Sw. lim, Dan. liim, L. limus
mud, linere to smear, and E. loam. &radic126. Cf. Loam, Liniment.]
Like the limeWordsworth.
That foolish birds are caught with.
2. (Chem.) Oxide of calcium; 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 slacked lime, and is an essential ingredient of cement, plastering,
Lime is the principal constituent of limestone, marble, chalk, bones, shells, etc.
Caustic lime, calcium hydrate or slacked lime; also, in a less technical sense, calcium oxide or quicklime.
Lime burner, one who burns limestone, shells, etc., to make lime. Lime light. See Calcium
light, under Calcium. Lime pit, a limestone quarry. Lime rod, Lime twig, a twig smeared
with birdlime; hence, that which catches; a snare. Chaucer.
(Lime), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Limed (limd); p. pr. & vb. n. Liming.] [Cf. AS. geliman to glue or
join together. See Lime a viscous substance.]