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Definitions of lye

  1. A strong caustic alkaline solution of potassium salts, obtained by leaching wood ashes. It is much used in making soap, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. A short side line, connected with the main line; a turn-out; a siding. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A falsehood. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  4. A strong caustic substance obtained especially by pouring water on wood ashes, used in making soap, etc. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. A mixture of ashes and water for washing. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. Alkaline solution made from ashes. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. An alkaline solution, as from leached ashes. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. An alkaline solution, usually consisting of dissolved potash. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for lye

  1. He didn't know any more about gold'n Marshall did, but he'd heard said that every metal, savin' gold, gets black if it's boiled in strong lye – The Boy With the U.S. Miners by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  2. Virginie, however, who had been meditating a treacherous move, suddenly seized hold of a pail of lye which one of her neighbors had left there and threw it. – L'Assommoir by Emile Zola
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