See also: lyé and -lye

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old English lēag, from Proto-Germanic *laugō, from Proto-Indo-European *lewh₃- (to wash).

NounEdit

lye (countable and uncountable, plural lyes)

  1. An alkaline liquid made by leaching ashes (usually wood ashes).
  2. Potassium or sodium hydroxide (caustic soda).
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Etymology 2Edit

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NounEdit

lye (plural lyes)

  1. (Britain, railways) A short side line, connected with the main line; a turn-out; a siding.

VerbEdit

lye (third-person singular simple present lyes, present participle lying, simple past and past participle lyed)

  1. Obsolete spelling of lie.
    • 1687, [John Dryden], “(please specify the page number(s))”, in The Hind and the Panther. A Poem, in Three Parts, 2nd edition, London: Printed for Jacob Tonson [], OCLC 460679539:
      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.
    • 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.

ReferencesEdit

lye in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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Norwegian NynorskEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old Norse hlýja, from the adjective hlýr.

Alternative formsEdit

  • lya (a infinitive)

VerbEdit

lye (present tense lyer, past tense lydde, past participle lydd/lytt, passive infinitive lyast, present participle lyande, imperative ly)

  1. to warm up, give off warmth

Etymology 2Edit

VerbEdit

lye (present tense lyar or lyer, past tense lya or lydde, past participle lya or lydd, present participle lyande)

  1. Eye dialect spelling of lyde.

Etymology 3Edit

See the etymology of the main entry.

AdjectiveEdit

lye

  1. inflection of ly:
    1. definite singular
    2. plural

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