verb (used with object), laced, lac·ing.
verb (used without object), laced, lac·ing.
Origin of lace
Related Words for lacelikeornate, gauzy, patterned, frilly, elegant, fancy, filigree, fine, gossamer, open, sheer, thin, transparent, meshy
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Historical Examples of lacelike
Wherever there is sufficient rainfall, the fine-fronded hemlock may be found tracing its lacelike outlines upon the atmosphere.Alaska
Then it bursts into yellow bloom, still finer, more feathery and lacelike.The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits
Mary Elizabeth Parsons
They must have been master workmen whose fingers and whose ancient forges worked those delicate and lacelike traceries.The Personality of American Cities
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
Word Origin for lace
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.
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].