• WordNet 3.6
    • n quicklime a white crystalline oxide used in the production of calcium hydroxide
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Quicklime (Chem) Calcium oxide; unslacked lime; -- so called because when wet it develops great heat. See 4th Lime, 2.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n quicklime Calcium oxid, CaO; burned lime; lime not yet slaked with water. Quicklime is prepared by subjecting chalk, limestone, or other natural calcium carbonate to intense heat, when carbonic acid, water, and any organic matter contained in the carbonate are driven off. It is a white amorphous infusible solid, which readily absorbs carbonic acid and water when exposed to the air. In contact with water, quicklime slakes, each molecule of the oxid combining with a molecule of water and forming calcium hydrate, Ca(OH)2, or slaked lime. It is most largely used in making mortar and cement, but has numberless other uses in the arts.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Quicklime recently burnt lime, caustic and unslaked: carbonate of lime without its carbonic acid
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Quick (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cwic; Ice. kvikr, Goth. kwius, living; allied to L. vivus.


In literature:

In cold weather the contents of sinks should be covered once daily with quicklime, ashes, or dry earth.
"Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911" by United States War Department
We all know that if we "burn" chalk, the result is quicklime.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VI (of X)--Great Britain and Ireland IV" by Various
Quicklime and boil with 6 oz.
"Vegetable Dyes" by Ethel M. Mairet
No coffins were to be used, corpses were to be put in sacks and buried in quicklime.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
One was at work in his house, digging in quicklime a hole the length of a human body.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Then prepare a strong solution of Brimstone and Quicklime.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
The quicklime should be reduced to a fine powder before mixing it with the eggs.
"The American Housewife" by Anonymous
Quicklime is also mixed with wine, for imparting a beautiful red colour.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Of the sick troops from 12 to 1,500 per day were buried without the town, and quicklime thrown in.
"Before and after Waterloo" by Edward Stanley
Sulphur and quicklime, separate or combined, dug into the soil around the vines, is a preventive.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
Quicklime is the only alkali extensively used in agriculture.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
A pit and a shroud of quicklime were the appropriate Newgate epitaph.
"In Jail with Charles Dickens" by Alfred Trumble
A preventive is quicklime, the application of which destroys the spores in the soil.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 3" by Various
It was partly filled with seething quicklime!
"First Person Paramount" by Ambrose Pratt
Fish up the decanter, and let us have a schnaps over our quarry; my throat and lips are burning, as if I had lunched off quicklime.
"The International Monthly, Volume 4, No. 3, October, 1851" by Various
Lastly, they mix in a small quantity of quicklime.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume 29 of 55" by Various
Quicklime should not be used, as it dispels the greater part of the ammonia.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 7" by Various
He was then buried in a pit of quicklime, but that could not kill him.
"Curiosities of Christian History" by Croake James
The action of quicklime and water upon each other produces much heat.
"Physics" by Willis Eugene Tower
But their chief shall go to Aleppo, where we will plunge his head in a sack of quicklime.
"God Wills It!" by William Stearns Davis

In poetry:

Come speak your bit in public
That some amends be made
To this most gallant gentleman
That is in quicklime laid.
"Roger Casement" by William Butler Yeats

In news:

Centuries of experiments with combustible sulfur, quicklime and naphtha led to napalm.
B202-02 Quicklime and Hydrated Lime (Includes addendum B202a-97).
This standard covers pebble, lump, and ground quicklime and hydrated lime for use in water supply service.
On October 16, crews had a challenging time extinguishing a fire at the center caused by burning calcium quicklime.
Revision of C25 - 11 Standard Test Methods for Chemical Analysis of Limestone, Quicklime, and Hydrated Lime .
WK39651 Standard Test Methods for Chemical Analysis of Limestone, Quicklime, and Hydrated Lime .
Revision of C25 - 11 Standard Test Methods for Chemical Analysis of Limestone , Quicklime, and Hydrated Lime.
If a few ounces of quicklime mixed with water can make self-heating soup cans, we figured 500 pounds of it could create a self-heating hot tub .