Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A white or tinted liquid containing zinc oxide, water, glue, and coloring matter, used as a wash for walls and ceilings.
  • transitive v. To cover or wash with calcimine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A form of whitewash made from zinc oxide, glue and water, used to coat plaster surfaces.
  • v. To coat with this substance

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A white or colored wash for the ceiling or other plastering of a room, consisting of a mixture of clear glue, Paris white or zinc white, and water.
  • transitive v. To wash or cover with calcimine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To wash or cover with calcimine: as, to calcimine walls. Also, incorrectly, kalsomine.
  • n. A superior kind of white or tinted wash for the walls of rooms, ceilings, etc. Incorrectly, kalsomine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a water-base paint containing zinc oxide and glue and coloring; used as a wash for walls and ceilings
  • v. cover with calcimine

Etymologies

Originally a trademark.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • They often use calcimine - lime and color - which is beautiful but not always very practical.

    whitewash/sealer/primer

  • The matte acrylic will look different and wear longer than the calcimine.

    House Paint

  • The 741st was notified on 10 January that calcimine had become available. 52 The 743d Tank Battalion, which had seen some of the toughest fighting in the Bulge, was first able to apply coats of lime to its tanks of the line on 11 January 1945.53 The

    Steel Victory

  • While he debated that, he made the mark for the last day on his calendar, and the point on his stub of pencil struck stone under the calcimine and snapped, leaving nothing behind it but a little coronet of frayed, dirty blond wood.

    Cities In Flight

  • A car pulled up under the porte-cochere of the hotel, its headlights painted over with blue calcimine and a little man in black riding boots, gray riding breeches and a short, gray high-buttoned jacket stepped out and returned the salute of the two sentries as he opened the door, nodded to the secret policeman who sat at the concierge's desk and stepped into the elevator.

    For Whom The Bell Tolls

  • A car pulled up under the _porte-cochere_ of the hotel, its headlights painted over with blue calcimine and a little man in black riding boots, gray riding breeches and a short, gray high-buttoned jacket stepped out and returned the salute of the two sentries as he opened the door, nodded to the secret policeman who sat at the concierge's desk and stepped into the elevator.

    For Whom The Bell Tolls

  • Miss Brundon's office, rigorous as the corridor of a hospital, had a table and uncompromising wooden chairs on a rectangle of bluish-pink carpet; a glowing, round stove held a place on a square of gleaming, embossed zinc, while the remaining surfaces were scrubbed oak flooring and white calcimine.

    The Three Black Pennys A Novel

  • Have two or three small evergreen trees at rear, covered with white calcimine and diamond powder.

    The White Christmas and other Merry Christmas Plays

  • A simple paper, costing 15 to 35 cents per roll, is best, or even plain calcimine, which many persons consider more healthful.

    The Complete Home

  • This plaster effect is less expensive than 40-cent burlap or ordinary white calcimine or paper.

    The Complete Home

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