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lacing

[ley-sing] /ˈleɪ sɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of a person or thing that laces.
2.
a trimming of lace or braid.
3.
a beating or thrashing.
4.
a small amount of alcoholic liquor or any other substance added to food or drink.
5.
a lace used for fastening, as in a shoe or corset.
6.
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.
7.
Also called lacing course. Masonry.
  1. a course of brick in a wall of rubble.
  2. a bond course in a rowlock arch.
8.
Nautical. any light line for fastening a sail, awning, or other cloth.
Origin of lacing
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see lace, -ing1

lace

[leys] /leɪs/
noun
1.
a netlike ornamental fabric made of threads by hand or machine.
2.
a cord or string for holding or drawing together, as when passed through holes in opposite edges.
3.
ornamental cord or braid, especially of gold or silver, used to decorate uniforms, hats, etc.
4.
a small amount of alcoholic liquor or other substance added to food or drink.
verb (used with object), laced, lacing.
5.
to fasten, draw together, or compress by or as if by means of a lace.
6.
to pass (a cord, leather strip, etc.), as through holes.
7.
to interlace or intertwine.
8.
to adorn or trim with lace.
9.
to add a small amount of alcoholic liquor or other substance to (food or drink):
He took his coffee laced with brandy.
10.
to lash, beat, or thrash.
11.
to compress the waist of (a person) by drawing tight the laces of a corset, or the like.
12.
to mark or streak, as with color.
verb (used without object), laced, lacing.
13.
to be fastened with a lace:
These shoes lace up the side.
14.
to attack physically or verbally (often followed by into):
The teacher laced into his students.
Origin
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
Related forms
lacelike, adjective
lacer, noun
relace, verb, relaced, relacing.
well-laced, adjective
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  • Kirby caressed his middle section gently with both hands, smiling dreamily into the lacing of apple boughs over his head.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • "I'll be all right," and I went on lacing the snow-shoe thongs about my ankle.

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
  • Piggy Morris was just lacing his boots previous to going on a huckstering expedition round the neighbouring farms.

    Nestleton Magna J. Jackson Wray
  • We can readily see, then, the effect of lacing or tight clothing.

  • They are combined into one by here and there lacing the warp and filling of one cloth into the warp and filling of the other.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • I was lacing Madame, who, with bare arms raised, was looking into the mirror.

    A Chambermaid's Diary Octave Mirbeau
  • Jud paused in the act of lacing a shoe and stared speculatively at a grated and dusty window.

    Full-Back Foster Ralph Henry Barbour
  • It stops where the lacing began, and the ends are there tied together.

  • Several places can be provided for the blade to cut different widths of lacing.

British Dictionary definitions for lacing

lacing

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

lace

/leɪs/
noun
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
verb
5.
to fasten (shoes, etc) with a lace
6.
(transitive) to draw (a cord or thread) through holes, eyes, etc, as when tying shoes
7.
(transitive) to compress the waist of (someone), as with a corset
8.
(transitive) to add a small amount of alcohol or drugs to (food or drink)
9.
(transitive; usually passive) and foll by with. to streak or mark with lines or colours: the sky was laced with red
10.
(transitive) to intertwine; interlace
11.
(transitive) (informal) to give a sound beating to
See also lace into, lace up
Derived Forms
lacelike, adjective
lacer, noun
Word Origin
C13 las, from Old French laz, from Latin laqueus noose
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Word Origin and History for lacing

lace

n.

early 13c., laz, "cord made of braided or interwoven strands of silk, etc.," from Old French laz "a net, noose, string, cord, snare" (Modern French lacs), from Vulgar Latin *lacium, from Latin laqueum (nominative laqueus) "noose, snare" (Italian laccio, Spanish lazo), a trapping and hunting term, probably from Italic base *laq- "to ensnare" (cf. Latin lacere "to entice"). Later also "net, noose, snare" (c.1300); "piece of cord used to draw together the edges of slits or openings in an article of clothing" (late 14c.). The "ornamental net pattern" meaning is first recorded 1550s. Sense of "cord for tying" remains in shoelace. As an adjective, lace-curtain "middle class" (or lower-class with middle-class pretensions) usually is used in reference to Irish-Americans, by 1928.

v.

c.1200, "fasten (clothing, etc.) with laces and ties;" see lace (n.). Also "tighten (a garment) by pulling its laces" (early 14c.). To lace coffee, etc., with a dash of liquor (1670s) originally was used of sugar, and comes via the notion of "to ornament or trim." Related: Laced; lacing. Laced mutton was "an old word for a whore" [Johnson].

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