- 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
transitive verblaced, lac′ing
- 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