Lace

Definition of Lace

Pronunciation: lās
n.1.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.
His hat hung at his back down by a lace.
- Chaucer.
For striving more, the more in laces strong
Himself he tied.
- Spenser.
2.A snare or gin, especially one made of interwoven cords; a net.
Vulcanus had caught thee [Venus] in his lace.
- Chaucer.
3.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.
Our English dames are much given to the wearing of costly laces.
- Bacon.
4.Spirits added to coffee or some other beverage.
AlenÇon lace
a kind of point lace, entirely of needlework, first made at AlenÇon in France, in the 17th century. It is very durable and of great beauty and cost.
Bone lace
etc. See under Bone, Brussels, etc.
Gold lace
lace having warp threads of silk, or silk and cotton, and a weft of silk threads covered with gold (or silver), or with gilt.
Lace leather
thin, oil-tanned leather suitable for cutting into lacings for machine belts.
Lace lizard
(Zool.) a large, aquatic, Australian lizard (Hydrosaurus giganteus), allied to the monitors.
Lace paper
paper with an openwork design in imitation of lace.
Lace piece
(Shipbuilding) the main piece of timber which supports the beak or head projecting beyond the stem of a ship.
Lace pillow
See under Pillow.
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Laced (āst); p. pr. & vb. n. Lacing .]
When Jenny's stays are newly laced.
- Prior.
2.To adorn with narrow strips or braids of some decorative material; as, cloth laced with silver.
3.To beat; to lash; to make stripes on.
I'll lace your coat for ye.
- L'Estrange.
4.To add something to (a food or beverage) so as to impart flavor, pungency, or some special quality; as, to lace a punch with alcohol; to lace the Kool-Aid with LSD.
5.To twine or draw as a lace; to interlace; to intertwine.
The Gond . . . picked up a trail of the Karela, the vine that bears the bitter wild gourd, and laced it to and fro across the temple door.
- Kipling.
v. i.1.To be fastened with a lace, or laces; as, these boots lace.

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