[ ley-sing ]
See synonyms for: lacinglacings on

  1. the act of a person or thing that laces.

  2. a trimming of lace or braid.

  1. a beating or thrashing.

  2. a small amount of alcoholic liquor or any other substance added to food or drink.

  3. a lace used for fastening, as in a shoe or corset.

  4. Building Trades, Engineering. any member or members, as a batten plate or steel bars, uniting the angles or flanges of a composite girder, column, or strut.

  5. Also called lacing course .Masonry.

    • a course of brick in a wall of rubble.

    • a bond course in a rowlock arch.

  6. Nautical. any light line for fastening a sail, awning, or other cloth.

Origin of lacing

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at lace, -ing1

Words Nearby lacing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for lacing


/ (ˈleɪsɪŋ) /

  1. mainly British a course of bricks, stone, etc, for strengthening a rubble or flint wall

  2. another word for lace (def. 2), lace (def. 3)

  1. informal a severe beating (esp in the phrase give someone a lacing)

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