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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
chalk/limestone/granite cliffs
▪ White chalk cliffs rose up from the sea.
▪ It was made of local limestone, not marble, and roughened by weather.
▪ Men, who comprised the primary workforce for these activities, sometimes organized independently to exploit local marble and limestone deposits.
▪ The portal is of local limestone and classical design, with attached Doric columns flanking the round arch.
▪ From Port Eynon the limestone cliffs extend for five or six miles to Worms Head.
▪ Many feature spectacular limestone cliffs of the sort that rock climbers find irresistible.
▪ From Flamborough Head northwards there is a stretch of spectacular limestone cliff scenery, reaching its highest point around Bempton.
▪ Bristol is penetrated by calcium-loving vegetation growing on the limestone cliffs of the Avon Gorge.
▪ The Palace, a reconstruction of which is shown in Fig. 135, was built of limestone in a little over 10 years.
▪ The building was a prodigious limestone parthenon done in the early thirties in the Civic Moderne style.
▪ Diving into woods with old limestone spoil heaps and scrubby clearings is like discovering a stash of lost gems.
▪ In southern Britain there are many such sudden changes mainly between clay lowlands and escarpments of chalk or oolitic limestone.
▪ Sections have been cut through well-preserved coral in limestone.
▪ Some degraded sections of higher level limestone on present reef flats may represent interglacial or Post-glacial higher sea levels.
▪ The limestone was deposited in very quiet water conditions, which accounts for the preservation of this delicate little fossil.
▪ The calcareous skeletons of this distinctive species have weathered out from the limestone matrix.
▪ There is little limestone left in the cave, and the existing formations tend to be dusty.
▪ Under dark trees outcrops of limestone form even darker shapes.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Limestone \Lime"stone`\ (l[imac]m"st[=o]n`), n. 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from lime (n.1) + stone (n.).


a. Made of or with limestone. n. (context mineralogy English) An abundant rock of marine and fresh-water sediments; primarily composed of calcite (CaCO₃); it occurs in a variety of forms, both crystalline and amorphous.


n. a sedimentary rock consisting mainly of calcium that was deposited by the remains of marine animals

Limestone, NY -- U.S. village in New York
Population (2000): 411
Housing Units (2000): 188
Land area (2000): 1.628996 sq. miles (4.219080 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.013843 sq. miles (0.035852 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.642839 sq. miles (4.254932 sq. km)
FIPS code: 42378
Located within: New York (NY), FIPS 36
Location: 42.026029 N, 78.632983 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 14753
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Limestone, NY
Limestone, OK -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Oklahoma
Population (2000): 745
Housing Units (2000): 258
Land area (2000): 3.154987 sq. miles (8.171378 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 3.154987 sq. miles (8.171378 sq. km)
FIPS code: 43057
Located within: Oklahoma (OK), FIPS 40
Location: 36.311296 N, 95.755040 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Limestone, OK
Limestone, ME -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Maine
Population (2000): 1453
Housing Units (2000): 495
Land area (2000): 2.608670 sq. miles (6.756425 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 2.608670 sq. miles (6.756425 sq. km)
FIPS code: 39265
Located within: Maine (ME), FIPS 23
Location: 46.912580 N, 67.826376 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 04750
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Limestone, ME
Limestone -- U.S. County in Alabama
Population (2000): 65676
Housing Units (2000): 26897
Land area (2000): 568.049396 sq. miles (1471.241120 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 39.031297 sq. miles (101.090592 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 607.080693 sq. miles (1572.331712 sq. km)
Located within: Alabama (AL), FIPS 01
Location: 34.807445 N, 86.974946 W
Limestone, AL
Limestone County
Limestone County, AL
Limestone -- U.S. County in Texas
Population (2000): 22051
Housing Units (2000): 9725
Land area (2000): 908.877553 sq. miles (2353.981956 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 24.272692 sq. miles (62.865980 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 933.150245 sq. miles (2416.847936 sq. km)
Located within: Texas (TX), FIPS 48
Location: 31.575449 N, 96.551636 W
Limestone, TX
Limestone County
Limestone County, TX
Limestone (disambiguation)

Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed predominantly of calcium carbonate (calcite and/or aragonite).

Limestone may also refer to:

Geological deposits made of limestone:

  • Solnhofen limestone
  • Aymestry Limestone
  • Indiana Limestone
Limestone (album)

Limestone is an Australian reggae album. It is a collaboration between Joe Camilleri and Bomba's Nicky Bomba. The name Limestone is a tribute to the country of birth to both Camilleri and Bomba, the island of Malta.


Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed largely of the minerals calcite and aragonite, which are different crystal forms of calcium carbonate (CaCO). Most limestone is composed of skeletal fragments of marine organisms such as coral, forams and molluscs.

About 10% of sedimentary rocks are limestones. The solubility of limestone in water and weak acid solutions leads to karst landscapes, in which water erodes the limestone over thousands to millions of years. Most cave systems are through limestone bedrock.

Limestone has numerous uses: as a building material, as aggregate for the base of roads, as white pigment or filler in products such as toothpaste or paints, as a chemical feedstock for the production of lime, or as a popular decorative addition to rock gardens.

The first geologist to distinguish limestone from dolomite was Belsazar Hacquet in 1778.

Limestone (Keswick, Virginia)

Limestone, also known as Limestone Plantation and Limestone Farm, has two historic homes and a farm complex located near Keswick, Albemarle County, Virginia. The main dwelling at Limestone Farm consists of a long, narrow two-story central section flanked by two wings. the main section was built about 1840, and the wings appear to be two small late-18th-century dwellings that were incorporated into the larger building. It features a two-story porch. The house underwent another major renovation in the 1920s, when Colonial Revival-style detailing was added. The second dwelling is the Robert Sharp House, also known as the Monroe Law Office. It was built in 1794, and is a 2 1/2-story, brick and frame structure measuring 18 feet by 24 feet. Also on the property are a contributing shed (garage), corncrib (c. 1910), cemetery, a portion of a historic roadway, and a lime kiln known as "Jefferson's Limestone Kiln" (1760s). Limestone's owner in the late-18th century, Robert Sharp, was a neighbor and acquaintance of Thomas Jefferson. The property was purchased by James Monroe in 1816, after the death of Robert Sharp in 1808, and he put his brother Andrew Monroe in charge of its administration. The property was sold at auction in 1828.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.

Limestone (Stifter)

Limestone (original German title: Kalkstein) is a novella by Adalbert Stifter, included in his collection Colourful Stones, (original title: Bunte Steine).

Usage examples of "limestone".

The hills above the Achor Marshes were riddled with deep limestone caverns, and they had been prepared as an alternate capital many years before, during one of the many factional wars that had marred the history of human relations of Kingdom.

Canada it occurs with apatite in pyroxene rocks which are intrusive in Laurentian gneisses and crystalline limestones, the principal mining district being in Ottawa county in Quebec and near Burgess in Lanark county, Ontario.

It seemed to me to be such an ordinary discovery, until I learned that some of the granules were identified by optical crystallography to be travertine aragonite that had a spectral signature matching limestone samples taken from ancient Jerusalem tombs.

Then, with Chance sworn in as a worker, The Shadow indicated a sharp clearage in the limestone hill.

With the French sailing north, the Spanish had rechristened the partially demolished place El Castillo de San Diego de Boca Osa and rapidly set about repairing it with shiploads of soft coquina limestone for the walls, lumber and brick for the interiors, and red tiles for the roofs.

French sailing north, the Spanish had rechristened the partially demolished place El Castillo de San Diego de Boca Osa and rapidly set about repairing it with shiploads of soft coquina limestone for the walls, lumber and brick for the interiors, and red tiles for the roofs.

There remained the possibility of an excursion to the limestone caves of the Dolomites, but Dame Beatrice dismissed the idea.

At the extreme south end, between Kilchattan and Garroch Head, these conglomerates and sandstones are overlaid by a thick cornstone or dolomitic limestone marking the upper limit of the formation, which is surmounted by the cement-stones and contemporaneous lavas of Lower Carboniferous age.

Balconies, verandas, dripstones, running molds, and mullions carved from mocha-colored limestone.

From these, other little Favosites were formed, till at last there were so many of them, and they were so crowded together, that, to economize the limestone they built with, they had to make their cells six-sided, like those of a honey-comb: on this account they are called Favosites.

Twenty meters inside the first shaft they encountered a room gleaming with damp pillars and fingerlets of limestone.

When the squad of the One Hundredth Ohio--captured at Limestone Station, East Tennessee, in September,1863--arrived on Belle Isle, a certain Jack Oliver, of the Nineteenth Indiana, was the undisputed fistic monarch of the Island.

The works themselves are enclosed in a simple but very handsome building of freestone, which has an extended front opening upon a terrace, which overhangs the river: behind the building, and divided from it only by a lawn, rises a lofty wall of solid limestone rock, which has, at one or two points, been cut into, for the passage of the water into the noble reservoir above.

They bend him back over a limestone altar, fit a crystal skull over his head, securing the two hemispheres back and front with crystal screws.

He showed him pictures of houses, streets, villages, and temples, of fantastic Batu caves near Kuala Lumpur, and of the jagged, wildly beautiful limestone and marble mountains near Ipoh, and when Veraguth asked if there were no pictures of natives, he dug out photographs of Malays, Chinese, Tamils, Arabs, and Javanese, naked athletic harbor coolies, wizened old fishermen, hunters, peasants, weavers, merchants, beautiful women with gold ornaments, dark naked groups of children, fishermen with nets, earringed Sakai playing the nose flute, and Javanese dancing girls bristling with silver baubles.