What does the word lye mean?

Usage examples for lye

  1. In answer to the objection that the accused were " extraordinarily walked till their feet were blistered, and so forced through that cruelty to confesse," " he answered that the purpose was only to keepe them waking: and the reason was this, when they did lye or sit in a chaire, if they did offer to couch downe, then the watchers were only to desire them to sit up and walke about." – A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718 by Wallace Notestein
  2. Soak them in clear water, changing it every few hours till no taste of lye remains. – Dishes & Beverages of the Old South by Martha McCulloch Williams
  3. Others put ball potash or concentrated lye in their runs but that is cruel, for it burns wherever it touches. – The Mayflower, January, 1905 by Various