lie-n; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: an intentionally false statement

Commentary: LIE[+event][+speech_act][+statement][+false][+intentionally]

It is perjury to tell a lie under oath in a courtroom.
The public now views everything the governor said as a pack of lies.
She actually believed she'd seen John there, so her statement was not a lie.

PropBank: lie.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: the orientation or position of an object

Commentary: LIE[+location][+position][+orientation][+of_object]

The golfer's ball had a good lie in relation to the putting green of the 16th hole.
The stylist combed the woman's hair so the lie of the strands was puffed back and up.

PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: an ongoing situation of deceptive behavior

Commentary: LIE[+state][+social][+ongoing][+behavior][+deceptive]
NOTE: is related to sense 1, but includes ongoing complexes of behavior and situations, not just verbal statements.

Bob came to the realization that he had been living a lie all through his marriage.
Mary was soon to learn that the clique's apparent acceptance of her was really a lie.

PropBank: NM
WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 2a