- a string, ribbon, etc. used to draw together and fasten the parts of a shoe, corset, etc. by being drawn through eyelets or over hooks
- an ornamental braid of gold or silver, for trimming uniforms, hats, etc.
- a fine netting or openwork fabric of cotton, polyester, etc., woven in ornamental designs
Origin of laceMiddle English las ; from Old French las, laz ; from Classical Latin laqueus, a noose, snare, trap ; from Indo-European base an unverified form l?k- from source Old English læla, a whip
- to draw the ends of (a garment, shoe, etc.) together and fasten with a lace: often with up
- to compress the waist of by lacing a corset, etc.: often with up
- to pass (a cord, etc.) in and out through eyelets, fabric, etc.
- to weave together; intertwine
- to ornament with or as with lace
- to streak, as with color
- to diversify, as with a contrasting element
- to thrash; whip
- to hit hard: the batter laced the ball into center field
- to add a dash of alcoholic liquor to (a beverage)
- to add a small amount of a substance to (something to be ingested), as to render it flavorful, potent, toxic, etc.: brownies laced with marijuana
Origin of laceME lacen, lasen < OFr lacier < L laqueare, to ensnare, entangle < the n.
- to be fastened with a lace: shoes that lace easily
- Informal to attack physically or verbally: with into
- A cord or ribbon used to draw and tie together two opposite edges, as of a shoe.
- A delicate fabric made of yarn or thread in an open weblike pattern. Also called lacework.
- Gold or silver braid ornamenting an officer's uniform.
verblaced, lac·ing, lac·es
- To thread a cord through the eyelets or around the hooks of.
- a. To draw together and tie the laces of.b. To restrain or constrict by tightening laces, especially of a corset.
- To pull or pass through; intertwine: lace garlands through a trellis.
- To trim or decorate with or as if with lace.
- a. To add a touch of flavor to: “today's chefs love to lace their goods with lively, pronounced flavors” (David Rosengarten).b. To add a substance, especially an intoxicant or narcotic, to: laced the eggnog with rum and brandy.c. To add or intersperse with something in order to produce a certain effect: “Quacks now lace their pitch with scientific terms that may sound authentic to the uninformed” (Jane E. Brody).
- To streak with color.
- To give a beating to; thrash: laced his opponent in the second round.
Origin of laceMiddle English, from Old French las, noose, string, from Vulgar Latin *laceum, from Latin laqueus, noose; probably akin to lacere, to entice, ensnare.
(countable and uncountable, plural laces)
(third-person singular simple present laces, present participle lacing, simple past and past participle laced)
- To fasten (something) with laces.
- To add alcohol, poison, a drug or anything else potentially harmful to (food or drink).
- To interweave items. (lacing one's fingers together)
- To interweave the spokes of a bicycle wheel.
- To beat; to lash; to make stripes on.
- To adorn with narrow strips or braids of some decorative material.
- cloth laced with silver