from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A cord or ribbon used to draw and tie together two opposite edges, as of a shoe.
- n. A delicate fabric made of yarn or thread in an open weblike pattern. Also called lacework.
- n. Gold or silver braid ornamenting an officer's uniform.
- transitive v. To thread a cord through the eyelets or around the hooks of.
- transitive v. To draw together and tie the laces of.
- transitive v. To restrain or constrict by tightening laces, especially of a corset.
- transitive v. To pull or pass through; intertwine: lace garlands through a trellis.
- transitive v. To trim or decorate with or as if with lace.
- transitive v. To add a touch of flavor to: "today's chefs love to lace their goods with lively, pronounced flavors” ( David Rosengarten).
- transitive v. To add a substance, especially an intoxicant or narcotic, to: laced the eggnog with rum and brandy.
- transitive v. To add or intersperse with something in order to produce a certain effect: "Quacks now lace their pitch with scientific terms that may sound authentic to the uninformed” ( Jane E. Brody).
- transitive v. To streak with color.
- transitive v. To give a beating to; thrash: laced his opponent in the second round.
- intransitive v. To be fastened or tied with laces or a lace.
- lace into Informal To attack; assail: laced into me for arriving so late.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A light fabric containing patterns of holes, usually built up from a single thread.
- n. A cord or ribbon passed through eyelets in a shoe or garment, pulled tight and tied to fasten the shoe or garment firmly.
- v. To fasten (something) with laces.
- v. To add alcohol, poison, a drug or anything else potentially harmful to (food or drink).
- v. To interweave items. (lacing one's fingers together)
- v. To interweave the spokes of a bicycle wheel.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That which binds or holds, especially by being interwoven; a string, cord, or band, usually one passing through eyelet or other holes, and used in drawing and holding together parts of a garment, of a shoe, of a machine belt, etc.
- n. A snare or gin, especially one made of interwoven cords; a net.
- n. A fabric of fine threads of linen, silk, cotton, etc., often ornamented with figures; a delicate tissue of thread, much worn as an ornament of dress.
- n. Spirits added to coffee or some other beverage.
- transitive v. To fasten with a lace; to draw together with a lace passed through eyelet holes; to unite with a lace or laces, or, figuratively. with anything resembling laces.
- transitive v. To adorn with narrow strips or braids of some decorative material.
- transitive v. To beat; to lash; to make stripes on.
- transitive v. To add something to (a food or beverage) so as to impart flavor, pungency, or some special quality.
- transitive v. To twine or draw as a lace; to interlace; to intertwine.
- intransitive v. To be fastened with a lace, or laces.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A noose; snare; net.
- n. A cord or string used in binding or fastening; specifically, a cord or string used for drawing together opposite edges, as of a corset, a bodice, a shoe, or the like, by being passed out and in through holes and fastened.
- n. Hence, any ornamental cord or braid used as an edging or trimming, especially when made of gold or silver thread. See gold lace, below—4. A fabric of fine threads of linen, silk, or cotton, whether twisted or plaited together or worked like embroidery, or made by a combination of these processes, or (as at the present time) by machinery.
- n. Spirits added to coffee or other beverage.
- n. A stringer; beam.
- n. A blaek-silk lace, in demand because made in unusually large pieces, as for shawls, fichus, etc.
- n. Buckingham trolly (which see, under trolly), and
- n. a lace having a point ground, which is peculiar in having the pattern outlined with, thicker threads, these threads being weighted by bobbins larger and heavier than the rest.
- n. At the presentday, the finest Brussels lace, where needle-point sprigs are applied to Brussels bubbin-ground. See application-lace, above.
- n. A general name for Valenciennes made in Belgium.
- n. Same as bobbin-lace.
- n. A white pillow-lace, originally made at Grammont in Belgium.
- n. A black-silk lace like blond-lace.
- n. In the seventeenth century, a guipure, more delicate in texture and varied in design than other guipures.
- n. At the present day, an application lace, made of sprigs of bobbin-lace sewed upon grounds often made elsewhere, especially of the Alençon réseau.
- n. Lace which has been whitened. See powder, v. t.
- n. Cut and drawn work made in convents in Spain, of patterns usually confined to simple sprigs and flowers
- n. A modern black silk lace with large flower patterns, mostly of Flemish make
- n. A modern needle-made fabric, the pattern usually in large squares.
- To catch, as in a net or gin; entrap; insnare.
- To secure by means of a lace or laces; especially, to draw tight and close by a lace, the ends of which are then tied: as, to lace a shoe.
- To adorn with lace, braid, or galloon: as, a laced waistcoat.
- To cover with intersecting streaks; streak.
- To mark with the lash; beat; lash.
- To intermix, as coffee or other beverage, with spirits: as, a cup of coffee laced with a drop of brandy.
- To interlace; intertwine.
- To be fastened or tied by a lace; have a lace: as, shoes or a bandage made to lace in front.
- To practise tight lacing.
- n. A machine-made lace of coarse cotton thread.
- n. A pillow-lace with geometric designs.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. add alcohol to (beverages)
- v. spin,wind, or twist together
- v. do lacework
- v. make by braiding or interlacing
- n. a cord that is drawn through eyelets or around hooks in order to draw together two edges (as of a shoe or garment)
- v. draw through eyes or holes
- n. a delicate decorative fabric woven in an open web of symmetrical patterns
Middle English, from Old French las, noose, string, from Vulgar Latin *laceum, from Latin laqueus, noose; probably akin to lacere, to entice, ensnare.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French las, from Vulgar Latin *laceum, based on Latin laqueus. (Wiktionary)