[ leys ]
/ leɪs /
a netlike ornamental fabric made of threads by hand or machine.
a cord or string for holding or drawing together, as when passed through holes in opposite edges.
ornamental cord or braid, especially of gold or silver, used to decorate uniforms, hats, etc.
a small amount of alcoholic liquor or other substance added to food or drink.
verb (used with object), laced, lac·ing.
to fasten, draw together, or compress by or as if by means of a lace.
to pass (a cord, leather strip, etc.), as through holes.
to interlace or intertwine.
to adorn or trim with lace.
to add a small amount of alcoholic liquor or other substance to (food or drink): He took his coffee laced with brandy.
to lash, beat, or thrash.
to compress the waist of (a person) by drawing tight the laces of a corset, or the like.
to mark or streak, as with color.
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.
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Origin of lace
1175–1225; (noun) Middle English las < Old French laz, las ≪ Latin laqueus noose; (v.) Middle English lasen < Middle French lacier, lasser, lachier (French lacer) ≪ Latin laqueāre to enclose in a noose, trap
OTHER WORDS FROM lacelace·like, adjectivelac·er, nounre·lace, verb, re·laced, re·lac·ing.well-laced, adjective
Words nearby lace
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British Dictionary definitions for relace
/ (leɪs) /
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
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
Derived forms of lacelacelike, adjectivelacer, noun
Word Origin for lace
C13 las, from Old French laz, from Latin laqueus noose
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