From Middle English leye, lye, from Old English lēah, lēag (“lye”), from Proto-West Germanic *laugu, from Proto-Germanic *laugō, from Proto-Indo-European *lewh₃- (“to wash”). Cognate with Saterland Frisian Loge, Looie (“lye”), Dutch loog (“lye”), German Low German Loge, Loje, Loog (“lye”), German Lauge (“lye”).
- An alkaline liquid made by leaching ashes (usually wood ashes).
- Potassium or sodium hydroxide (caustic soda).
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- To treat with lye.
- Obsolete spelling of .
- 1654, John Donne, Loves Diet:
- Now negligent of sports I lye,
And now as other Fawkners use,
I spring a mistresse, sweare, write, sigh and weepe:
And the game kill'd, or lost, goe talk, and sleepe.
- 1687, [John Dryden], “The Third Part”, in The Hind and the Panther. A Poem, in Three Parts, 2nd edition, London: […] Jacob Tonson […], →OCLC, page 88:
- But when his foe lyes proſtrate on the plain,
He ſheaths his paws, uncurls his angry mane;
And, pleas'd with bloudleſs honours of the day,
Walks over, and diſdains th' inglorious Prey, […]
lye (plural lyes)
- Obsolete spelling of
- (UK, rail transport) A short side line, connected with the main line; a turn-out; a siding.
- 1962 October, G. Freeman Allen, “The New Look in Scotland's Northern Division—II: The new Perth marshalling yard”, in Modern Railways, page 273, photo caption with indicating arrow:
- Brakevan lye. [same page in the main text] There is also an inclined lye for brakevans at each end of the yard.
- lya (a infinitive)
- Eye dialect spelling of .
See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.
- “lye” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.