American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
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. Crude lye is used in making some coarse kinds of soap, for cleaning certain things, as inked printing-types and -rollers (though for these benzine is now more common), and for various other purposes. In dilution it is used in a preparation of maize called
hulled corn(which see, under hull, v. t.) and also lyed corn.
- 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.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A strong caustic alkaline solution of potassium salts, obtained by leaching wood ashes. It is much used in making soap, etc.
- n. (Chem.) Sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide, or a concentrated aqueous solution of either compound.
- n. (Railroad), engraving A short side line, connected with the main line; a turn-out; a siding.
- n. obsolete A falsehood.
- n. a strong solution of sodium or potassium hydroxide
- From Old English lēag, from Proto-Germanic *laugō, from Proto-Indo-European *leu(ə)- (“to wash”). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English lie, from Old English lēag; see leu(ə)- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Regarding your question "Other than lye, is soap dangerous?" the short answer is "No!”
“Prepared cotton fibers received successive steepings in lye, olive oil, alum, and dung in addition to several madder baths and aftertreatments.”
“For now they must brew the Christmas ale, steep the Christmas fish in lye, and do their Christmas baking and Christmas scouring.”
“Who are the people today that deliver “phrases, washed in lye, about heroes and heroic death,” but fail to attend a single soldier’s funeral for fear that death — real death, not the kind they have on CSI — might cross an American’s TV screen?”
“Lutefisk' is an infamous Norwegian dish composed of fish soaked in lye.”
“The soap will now be found united at the top of the liquor, or what is called the waste lye, which is of no further use, and is therefore drawn off.”
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“In 1785, he introduced a bleaching liquid called lye de Javelle and publicized his technique without patenting it.”
“If they weren't throwing acid, it was probably because they were throwing lye, which is a base but has pretty much the same effect.”
“It is also known as lye or caustic soda. n-Propanol is an alcohol commonly used as a solvent in the pharmaceutical industry.”
“Leftover chemicals such as sodium hydroxide, also known as lye, ought to be taken to the county's hazardous waste facility, said Jim Gustafson, who supervises the site.”
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