from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The liquid obtained by leaching wood ashes.
- n. See potassium hydroxide.
- n. See sodium hydroxide.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A strong caustic alkaline solution of potassium or sodium salts, obtained by leaching wood ashes. It is much used in making soap as well as its use in biodiesel.
- v. Obsolete spelling of lie.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A strong caustic alkaline solution of potassium salts, obtained by leaching wood ashes. It is much used in making soap, etc.
- n. Sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide, or a concentrated aqueous solution of either compound.
- n. A short side line, connected with the main line; a turn-out; a siding.
- n. A falsehood.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An obsolete spelling of lie.
- n. An obsolete spelling of lie.
- n. Water impregnated with alkaline salt imbibed from the ashes of wood by the process of leaching; also, some solution of an alkali, as potash, which is itself the product of leached lye concreted by evaporation.
- n. A variant of lay.
- n. An obsolete variant of lee.
- n. In a general sense, water charged with soluble solid matter by contact with a mixture of solid substances, partly soluble, partly insoluble.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a strong solution of sodium or potassium hydroxide
Middle English lie, from Old English lēag; see leu(ə)- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English lēag, from Proto-Germanic *laugō, from Proto-Indo-European *leu(ə)- (“to wash”). (Wiktionary)