Part of speech: noun

An alkaline solution, as from leached ashes.

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Usage examples "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", 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", 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", Various.