American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. To thread a cord through the eyelets or around the hooks of.
- v. To draw together and tie the laces of.
- v. To restrain or constrict by tightening laces, especially of a corset.
- v. To pull or pass through; intertwine: lace garlands through a trellis.
- v. To trim or decorate with or as if with lace.
- v. To add a touch of flavor to: "today's chefs love to lace their goods with lively, pronounced flavors” ( David Rosengarten).
- v. To add a substance, especially an intoxicant or narcotic, to: laced the eggnog with rum and brandy.
- 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).
- v. To streak with color.
- v. To give a beating to; thrash: laced his opponent in the second round.
- v. To be fastened or tied with laces or a lace.
- lace into Informal To attack; assail: laced into me for arriving so late.
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. Pillow or bobbin-lace is made, by a process intermediate between weaving and plaiting, from a number of threads which are kept in their places by the weight of the bobbins attached to them, and are woven and plaited together by hand. Needle-point lace is really embroidery, but is done upon loose threads which the worker has laid upon a drawn pattern, and which have no connection with each other and no stability until the needlework holds them together. (See bobbin-lace, needle-point lace, below.) Lace is known, according to kind, by many different names. See phrases below.
- 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.
- n. uncountable A light fabric containing patterns of holes, usually built up from a single thread.
- n. countable A cord or ribbon passed through eyelets in a shoe or garment, pulled tight and tied to fasten the shoe or garment firmly.
- v. transitive To fasten (something) with laces.
- v. transitive To add alcohol, poison, a drug or anything else potentially harmful to (food or drink).
- v. transitive To interweave items. (lacing one's fingers together)
- v. transitive To interweave the spokes of a bicycle wheel.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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. obsolete 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. Old Slang Spirits added to coffee or some other beverage.
- 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.
- v. To adorn with narrow strips or braids of some decorative material.
- v. colloq. To beat; to lash; to make stripes on.
- v. Old Slang To add something to (a food or beverage) so as to impart flavor, pungency, or some special quality.
- v. To twine or draw as a lace; to interlace; to intertwine.
- v. To be fastened with a lace, or laces.
- 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
- From Old French las, from Vulgar Latin *laceum, based on Latin laqueus. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“I've got cotton sox trimmed in lace from the Victorian Trading Co. that I wear to bed.”
“If you did both ends and knit you'd have to graft, grafting in lace is not my strong point!”
“Convincing a spider to spin lace is far more difficult.”
“I had invented what we called lace locks, and in the IV we did an elaboration on the theme.”
“Newspaper paragraphs will begin thus: "The lovely wearer of the lace is about thirty-four years of age, but looks much older – in fact, nearly as antique as her own flounces," etc., etc.”
“Additionally, I'm an 82-year-old widow in lace-up orthopedic shoes who spends a lot of time on the subway happily going about her business.”
“But a future without complicated Shetland lace is bleak.”
“It struck me this morning that a large piece of lace is a deliberate construction of a series of lights and shadows.”
“I would have paid a lot more if I would have bought the lace from the fabric store.”
“Victorian Trading Co. online has anklet sox that are trimmed in lace, to wear with dresses, if you like.”
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