lace

[leys]

noun

verb (used with object), laced, lac·ing.

verb (used without object), laced, lac·ing.

to be fastened with a lace: These shoes lace up the side.
to attack physically or verbally (often followed by into): The teacher laced into his students.

Origin of lace

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English las < Old French laz, lasLatin laqueus noose; (v.) Middle English lasen < Middle French lacier, lasser, lachier (French lacer) ≪ Latin laqueāre to enclose in a noose, trap
Related formslace·like, adjectivelac·er, nounre·lace, verb, re·laced, re·lac·ing.well-laced, adjective
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Examples from the Web for lacelike

Historical Examples of lacelike

  • Wherever there is sufficient rainfall, the fine-fronded hemlock may be found tracing its lacelike outlines upon the atmosphere.

    Alaska

    Ella Higginson

  • Then it bursts into yellow bloom, still finer, more feathery and lacelike.

  • They must have been master workmen whose fingers and whose ancient forges worked those delicate and lacelike traceries.

  • The lacelike white of the flowering elder covered the whole earth with a delicate bridal veil.

    Oldfield

    Nancy Huston Banks

  • By midnight she had just finished stirring the fire-tongs through the ghostly, lacelike ashes of her wedding gown.

    The Sick-a-Bed Lady

    Eleanor Hallowell Abbott


British Dictionary definitions for lacelike

lace

noun

a delicate decorative fabric made from cotton, silk, etc, woven in an open web of different symmetrical patterns and figures
a cord or string drawn through holes or eyelets or around hooks to fasten a shoe or garment
ornamental braid often used on military uniforms, etc
a dash of spirits added to a beverage

verb

to fasten (shoes, etc) with a lace
(tr) to draw (a cord or thread) through holes, eyes, etc, as when tying shoes
(tr) to compress the waist of (someone), as with a corset
(tr) to add a small amount of alcohol or drugs to (food or drink)
(tr; usually passive and foll by with) to streak or mark with lines or coloursthe sky was laced with red
(tr) to intertwine; interlace
(tr) informal to give a sound beating to
See also lace into, lace up
Derived Formslacelike, adjectivelacer, noun

Word Origin for lace

C13 las, from Old French laz, from Latin laqueus noose
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Word Origin and History for lacelike

lace

n.

early 13c., laz, "cord made of braided or interwoven strands of silk, etc.," from Old French laz "a net, noose, string, cord, snare" (Modern French lacs), from Vulgar Latin *lacium, from Latin laqueum (nominative laqueus) "noose, snare" (Italian laccio, Spanish lazo), a trapping and hunting term, probably from Italic base *laq- "to ensnare" (cf. Latin lacere "to entice"). Later also "net, noose, snare" (c.1300); "piece of cord used to draw together the edges of slits or openings in an article of clothing" (late 14c.). The "ornamental net pattern" meaning is first recorded 1550s. Sense of "cord for tying" remains in shoelace. As an adjective, lace-curtain "middle class" (or lower-class with middle-class pretensions) usually is used in reference to Irish-Americans, by 1928.

lace

v.

c.1200, "fasten (clothing, etc.) with laces and ties;" see lace (n.). Also "tighten (a garment) by pulling its laces" (early 14c.). To lace coffee, etc., with a dash of liquor (1670s) originally was used of sugar, and comes via the notion of "to ornament or trim." Related: Laced; lacing. Laced mutton was "an old word for a whore" [Johnson].

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