limestone

Definitions

  • Stone-cutters Finishing the Dressing of Limestone Blocks
    Stone-cutters Finishing the Dressing of Limestone Blocks
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n limestone a sedimentary rock consisting mainly of calcium that was deposited by the remains of marine animals
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Great Pyramids used to be as white as snow because they were encased in a bright limestone that has worn off over the years
    • n Limestone līm"stōn` A rock consisting chiefly of calcium carbonate or carbonate of lime. It sometimes contains also magnesium carbonate, and is then called magnesian or dolomitic limestone. Crystalline limestone is called marble.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n limestone Rock consisting wholly or in large part of calcareous material or carbonate of lime. Where, as is often the case, there is some carbonate of magnesia mixed with the lime, the rock is called dolomitic limestone, and from this there may be a gradual transition to dolomite. Marble is the name given to the more crystalline limestones, and especially to such as are solid and handsome enough to be used for ornamental purposes or in costly buildings. Limestones are classed as silicious or argillaceous, according to the amount of sand or silica or of clay they contain. They are of many shades of color, reddish, grayish, and slatecolored tints being the most common. Many marbles, however, are either pure white or slightly clouded with tints of gray, red, or brown; but some are so dark as to appear when polished almost black. The limestone of the fossiliferous stratified groups is generally admitted to have been the result of organic agencies, just as limestone deposits are seen forming at the present time from the debris of coral growth. The crystalline varieties of limestone and marble which occur in the azoic or archæan rocks are by some believed to be a chemical precipitate or segregation, while others consider their existence proof that these rocks, in which no fossils have yet been found, are metamorphosed sedimentary beds, and that this limestone is also the result of organic life.
    • n limestone A limestone in the New York series of formations, originally called the Scutella and Upper Pentamerus limestones of the Lower Helderberg group of strata. It belongs to the lowest or Helderbergian division of the Lower Devonian, lying near the top, beneath the Port Ewen beds and above the New Scotland limestone. It abounds in fossil remains, and from its purity is highly esteemed both as a construction stone and as a flux in smelting.
    • n limestone A division of the Lower Silurian of New York State and the adjoining regions, originally termed by Eaton the “Calciferous sandrock.” It is regarded as the lowest member of the Lower Silurian, resting on and graduating by easy changes from the Potsdam sandstone beneath. The rock in northern New York and the Lake Champlain basin is largely a limestone, at times magnesian, and carries a profuse and highly interesting marine fauna. In the Mohawk valley the beds are almost devoid of organic remains, are highly dolomitic, and have been locally designated as the Little Falls dolomite.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Limestone stone from which lime is procured by burning
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lím; Ger. leim, glue, L. limus, slime.

Usage

In literature:

This limestone region is a famous place.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
There was a limestone wall beyond.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
The Plaine, resting on oolite limestone, is treeless but fertile.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 3" by Various
Coal and limestone are found in the vicinity, and much live stock is raised, wool and hides being shipped from Chillicothe.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
This was good limestone country.
"The Blue Ghost Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
The mountainous suburbs of the city are composed of limestone, and the limestone rocks cropped out on every side.
"A Trip to the Orient" by Robert Urie Jacob
Then the Yankee dealers begun to fotch 'em in an' sell 'em at Lexin'ton an' Louisville an' Limestone.
"Crestlands" by Mary Addams Bayne
In this case the pervious limestone is underlain by beds of impervious clay.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various
I prefer hilltop with a mulatto limestone soil, northeast aspect.
"The Apple" by Various
In the neighbourhood are several limestone and slate quarries.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
Limestone should be avoided, as it soon splits under heat.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 7" by Various
In Bedfordshire it has been termed the Bedford limestone.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
This is almost surely limestone.
"The Caves of Fear" by John Blaine
Iron and limestone are the chief minerals; a little amber is found on the coast.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
His driver proposed to take him round by the "Limestone brook" to show him the new factory.
"The Galaxy, April, 1877" by Various
Sizable areas in the western and central Stara Planina and smaller areas in the Pirin and in Dobrudzha have extensive layers of limestone.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
He heard them splash against the damp stone behind him, and the limestone fell away in flakes.
"The Firebrand" by S. R. Crockett
There is a lower series consisting of sandstone and an upper series of limestone.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 4" by Various
The oldest rocks in Cuba, with the possible exception of the schistose limestones of Trinidad, are composed of granites and serpentines.
"The History of Cuba, vol. 1" by Willis Fletcher Johnson
Finding nothing but limestone, he soon turned his attention solely to the passage around the headland.
"Into the Primitive" by Robert Ames Bennet
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In poetry:

Now you are dust,
Limestone and rust.
I mold and I stir
And make you again.
"Epilogue" by Edgar Lee Masters
No marble, no conventional phrase;
On limestone quarried near the spot
By his command these words are cut:
Cast a cold eye
On life, on death.
Horseman, pass by!
"Under Ben Bulben" by William Butler Yeats
Past meadowy marshland and gray limestone bluff,
Low mangrove fens and waste lantana heights,
Long reaches where the tides and winds are rough,
And sheltered bights.
"Adrift: A Brisbane River Reverie" by George Essex Evans

In news:

Jamie Pigg (Contributed by Limestone County Sheriff's Department).
From the limestone veranda overlooking Lake Austin, the iconic suspension bridge that spans the width of the lake is just visible on the horizon.
The home he and his wife built measures more than 5,000 square feet and has a large limestone fireplace, a pond and a lap pool.
The funeral for Erma Claud Holt , 86, of Athens will be at 11 am Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012, at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home with Robert Staples, Ben Holt , and Sean Holt officiating.
(AP) — Limestone County officials say a man out of jail on bond took an overdose of pills after learning he had been indicted for capital murder.
Visitation is from 10-11 am Tuesday at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home.
20,000 plan proposed to revamp Fayetteville's Limestone Plaza.
Sean Costello has lived in an apartment at the Limestone Plaza in Fayetteville for five years now.
Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 2.9 million tons in November, a decrease of 1.7 percent compared to October, and 11.4 percent below the level of a year ago.
This portion of the old Limestone County Jail on Green Street, which once contained offices, was left when the rest of the jail was demolished in 2009.
Limestone DA plans to collect items for needy on float during Athens Christmas Parade.
Man arrested on Limestone County grand jury indictments for rape, sexual abuse.
A year-long investigation by Athens Police led to indictments by a Limestone County Grand Jury against Austin Smith Clem, 23, of 24123 Black Road for rape and sexual abuse.
A Limestone County grand jury no-billed a sheriff's deputy Wednesday for the July 12 shooting of Steven Wayne Thompson at The Tire Shop in Groesbeck, Sheriff Dennis Wilson said.
Limestone residents living 'new normal' 18 months after April 27, 6 months after March 2 twisters.
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In science:

Borexino is an organic liquid scintillator detector located in the underground Gran Sasso National Laboratory (LNGS) in central Italy under a limestone coverage of ∼ 1300 m (∼ 3800 m w.e).
Low Energy Neutrino Measurements
The limestone 500 m vertical depth is equivalent to ∼ 1500 m of water.
Possible Observation of Nuclear Reactor Neutrinos Near the Oscillation Absolute Minimum
The limestone vertical depth is equivalent to ∼ 1500 m of water.
Possible Observation of Nuclear Reactor Neutrinos Near the Oscillation Absolute Minimum
Effective stress law for the permeability of a limestone.
Evaluation of a permeability-porosity relationship in a low permeability creeping material using a single transient test
As Wikipedia is reporting , in 1978, Egypt began to build the Sadat Canal, originating from the Lake Nasser and passing through the Wadi Toshka, to allow the water, when it is overflowing a specific level, to be drained off to flood a depression located at the south end of a desert limestone plateau.
The decreasing level of Toshka Lakes seen from space
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