from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something that laces; a lace.
  • n. A touch of liquor added to a beverage or food.
  • n. Informal A beating or thrashing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of lace.
  • n. That with which something is laced.
  • n. The tied laces that form a netlike pattern.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of securing, fastening, or tightening, with a lace or laces.
  • n. A lace
  • n. A rope or line passing through eyelet holes in the edge of a sail or an awning to attach it to a yard, gaff, etc.
  • n. A system of bracing bars, not crossing each other in the middle, connecting the channel bars of a compound strut.
  • n. A quantity of a substance, such as an alcoholic liquor, added to a food or a drink.
  • n. A beating, especially with a lash.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of binding or fastening with a cord or thong passed backward and forward through holes or around buttons or hooks.
  • n. A method of fastening the adjoining ends of a belt by the use of a thong or lace.
  • n. In bookbinding, the fastening of the boards of a book to its back by cords which pass around the sewed threads of the signatures and through holes pierced in the boards.
  • n. A cord used in drawing tight or fastening; laces in general.
  • n. Nautical, the cord or rope used to lace a sail to a gaff, yard, or boom, or to fasten two parts of a sail or an awning together.
  • n. In ship-building, a piece of compass- or knee-timber fitted and bolted to the back of the figurehead and to its supporting piece, called the knee of the head. Also called lace-piece.
  • n. In mining, same as lagging, 3.
  • n. In the plumage of birds, especially in descriptions of standard or pure-bred poultry:
  • n. A border or edging of a different color from the center, completely surrounding the web of a feather
  • n. The coloration of plumage resulting from feathers marked as above, considered collectively.
  • n. In mathematics, a complex of three or more closed bands, so that no two are interlinked, yet so that they cannot be separated without breaking.
  • n. In structural work, particularly bridge work, the system of slender, diagonal members which connect the two opposite parallel members or flanges of a structural iron or steel beam, column, or strut. In lacing the several members form a single, continuous zigzag line, but do not cross one another as in latticing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cord that is drawn through eyelets or around hooks in order to draw together two edges (as of a shoe or garment)
  • n. the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows
  • n. a small amount of liquor added to a food or beverage


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