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[shoo-leys] /ˈʃuˌleɪs/
a string or lace for fastening a shoe.
Origin of shoelace
1640-50; shoe + lace Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for shoelace
  • It's the kind of thing you don't want to get your shoelace stuck in.
  • The watch receives radio signals from a small plastic device strapped to a runner's shoelace.
  • Make a bow from a shoelace or thong and use it to constantly spin a stick against a wooden board surrounded by tinder.
  • If a shoelace came untied, it meant running the bleachers.
  • So a string in string theory is not logically any more or less quantum than a shoelace.
  • Take a small piece of thin cotton cloth a piece of white cotton shoelace will do.
  • She had to cut a shoelace that had been secured between the storm door and the inside main door.
  • Upon closer inspection, staff noticed a shoelace embedded deep in his neck.
  • The task is to thread a shoelace through holes in a series of posts.
  • Stops running or walking other than to retie a shoelace or remove a foreign object from the shoe.
British Dictionary definitions for shoelace


a cord or lace for fastening shoes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shoelace

1640s, from shoe (n.) + lace (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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