the act of a person or thing that laces.
a trimming of lace or braid.
a beating or thrashing.
a small amount of alcoholic liquor or any other substance added to food or drink.
a lace used for fastening, as in a shoe or corset.
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.
Also called lacing course. Masonry.
a course of brick in a wall of rubble.
a bond course in a rowlock arch.
Nautical. any light line for fastening a sail, awning, or other cloth.

1350–1400; Middle English; see lace, -ing1 Unabridged


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, lacing.
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, lacing.
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.

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English las < Old French laz, lasLatin laqueus noose; (v.) Middle English lasen < Middle French lacier, lasser, lachier (French lacer) ≪ Latin laqueāre to enclose in a noose, trap

lacelike, adjective
lacer, noun
relace, verb, relaced, relacing.
well-laced, adjective Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
lace (leɪs)
1.  a delicate decorative fabric made from cotton, silk, etc, woven in an open web of different symmetrical patterns and figures
2.  a cord or string drawn through holes or eyelets or around hooks to fasten a shoe or garment
3.  ornamental braid often used on military uniforms, etc
4.  a dash of spirits added to a beverage
vb (and foll by with)
5.  to fasten (shoes, etc) with a lace
6.  (tr) to draw (a cord or thread) through holes, eyes, etc, as when tying shoes
7.  (tr) to compress the waist of (someone), as with a corset
8.  (tr) to add a small amount of alcohol or drugs to (food or drink)
9.  to streak or mark with lines or colours: the sky was laced with red
10.  (tr) to intertwine; interlace
11.  informal (tr) to give a sound beating to
[C13 las, from Old French laz, from Latin laqueus noose]

lacing (ˈleɪsɪŋ)
1.  chiefly (Brit) a course of bricks, stone, etc, for strengthening a rubble or flint wall
2.  lace another word for lace
3.  informal a severe beating (esp in the phrase give someone a lacing)

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., from O.Fr. las "a net, noose, string" (Fr. lacs), from V.L. *lacium, from L. laqueum (nom. laqueus) "noose, snare" (It. laccio, Sp. lazo), a trapping and hunting term, probably from Italic base *laq- "to ensnare" (cf. L. lacere "to entice"). The "ornamental net pattern" meaning is first recorded
1555. Sense of "cord for tying" remains in shoelace. To lace coffee, etc., with a dash of liquor (1670s) was originally used of sugar, and comes via the notion of "to ornament or trim." Related: Laced. Laced mutton was "an old word for a whore" [Johnson]. As an adjective, lace-curtain "middle class" (or lower-class with middle-class pretensions) usually is used in reference to Irish-Americans.
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Example sentences
The chancellor thought he had found a way of sweetening the low-inflation pill
  by lacing his budget with give-aways.
Lacing the pond water with crystal meth, they repeated the lessons.
But the park offers some great opportunities to stretch one's legs by cycling
  or lacing up a pair of walking shoes.
Then he'd spring out of bed, pulling on his sweatpants and lacing up his
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