from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun The act of binding or fastening with a cord or thong passed backward and forward through holes or around buttons or hooks.
  • noun A method of fastening the adjoining ends of a belt by the use of a thong or lace.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A cord used in drawing tight or fastening; laces in general.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun In mining, same as lagging, 3.
  • noun In the plumage of birds, especially in descriptions of standard or pure-bred poultry:
  • noun A border or edging of a different color from the center, completely surrounding the web of a feather
  • noun The coloration of plumage resulting from feathers marked as above, considered collectively.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of securing, fastening, or tightening, with a lace or laces.
  • noun (Mach.) A lace
  • noun (Naut.) 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.
  • noun (Bridge Building) A system of bracing bars, not crossing each other in the middle, connecting the channel bars of a compound strut.
  • noun A quantity of a substance, such as an alcoholic liquor, added to a food or a drink.
  • noun A beating, especially with a lash.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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