lye

noun
\ ˈlī How to pronounce lye (audio) \

Definition of lye

1 : a strong alkaline liquor rich in potassium carbonate leached from wood ashes and used especially in making soap and for washing broadly : a strong alkaline solution (as of sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide)
2 : a solid caustic (such as sodium hydroxide)

Examples of lye in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Soap-making improved sanitation in people’s lives, but also generated discharges of lye and other waste products into the creek. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Discovery adds intrigue, challenge to San Pedro Creek park project in downtown San Antonio," 22 May 2020 Tarleton has been outspoken about her attack and recovery that began hours after her estranged husband beat her with a baseball bat and doused her body with lye, which burned 80 percent of her body and left her legally blind. Alex Horton, chicagotribune.com, "New Hampshire woman faces difficult options as her body rejects face transplant," 25 Sep. 2019 Tarleton, 12 years removed from her estranged husband's attack with a baseball bat and lye that burned most of her body, gained some of her life back after dozens of surgeries and a 2013 face transplant. Alex Horton, chicagotribune.com, "New Hampshire woman faces difficult options as her body rejects face transplant," 25 Sep. 2019 Tarleton, 12 years removed from her estranged husband's attack with a baseball bat and lye that burned most of her body, gained some of her life back after dozens of surgeries and a 2013 face transplant. Alex Horton, chicagotribune.com, "New Hampshire woman faces difficult options as her body rejects face transplant," 25 Sep. 2019 The mornings will see flaky turnovers filled with apples and cherries and German-style croissants given a lye treatment like pretzels. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco’s only German bakery, Hahdough, to open Sunday," 24 Feb. 2020 Tarleton has been outspoken about her attack and recovery that began hours after her estranged husband beat her with a baseball bat and doused her body with lye, which burned 80 percent of her body and left her legally blind. Alex Horton, chicagotribune.com, "New Hampshire woman faces difficult options as her body rejects face transplant," 25 Sep. 2019 Police recovered muriatic acid, four bottles of Kleen-Out sulfuric acid and two bottles of lye from Blackwell's residence near South 13th Street and West Edgerton Avenue. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Acid attack defendant ruled competent to face hate crime charges," 6 Jan. 2020 Tarleton has been outspoken about her attack and recovery that began hours after her estranged husband beat her with a baseball bat and doused her body with lye, which burned 80 percent of her body and left her legally blind. Alex Horton, chicagotribune.com, "New Hampshire woman faces difficult options as her body rejects face transplant," 25 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of lye

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lye

Middle English, from Old English lēag; akin to Old High German louga lye, Latin lavare, lavere to wash, Greek louein

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4 Jun 2020

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“Lye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lye. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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lye

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English Language Learners Definition of lye

: a strong chemical that is used especially in making soap

lye

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\ ˈlī How to pronounce lye (audio) \

Kids Definition of lye

: a dangerous compound that is used in cleaning and in making soap

lye

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\ ˈlī How to pronounce lye (audio) \

Medical Definition of lye

1 : a strong alkaline liquor rich in potassium carbonate leached from wood ashes and used especially in making soap and washing broadly : a strong alkaline solution (as of sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide)
2 : a solid caustic (as sodium hydroxide)

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