lace

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See also: lacé, láce, and łące

English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /leɪs/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪs

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English lace, laace, las, from Old French las, from Vulgar Latin *laceum, based on Latin laqueus. Doublet of lasso.

Noun[edit]

lace (countable and uncountable, plural laces)

  1. (uncountable) A light fabric containing patterns of holes, usually built up from a single thread. Wp
    • c. 1620, Francis Bacon, letter of advice to Sir George Villiers
      Our English dames are much given to the wearing of very fine and costly laces.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 2, in The Mirror and the Lamp[1]:
      She was a fat, round little woman, richly apparelled in velvet and lace, […]; and the way she laughed, cackling like a hen, the way she talked to the waiters and the maid, […]—all these unexpected phenomena impelled one to hysterical mirth, and made one class her with such immortally ludicrous types as Ally Sloper, the Widow Twankey, or Miss Moucher.
    • 1977, Agatha Christie, chapter 4, in An Autobiography, part II, London: Collins, →ISBN:
      Mind you, clothes were clothes in those days. […]  Frills, ruffles, flounces, lace, complicated seams and gores: not only did they sweep the ground and have to be held up in one hand elegantly as you walked along, but they had little capes or coats or feather boas.
  2. (countable) A cord or ribbon passed through eyelets in a shoe or garment, pulled tight and tied to fasten the shoe or garment firmly. Wp
    your laces are untied, do them up!
  3. A snare or gin, especially one made of interwoven cords; a net.
  4. (slang, obsolete) Spirits added to coffee or another beverage.
    • 2022 October 9 (Gregorian calendar), Joseph Addison, “SUNDAY, September 28, 2022”, in The Spectator, number (please specify the issue number); republished in Alexander Chalmers, editor, The Spectator; a New Edition, [], volume (please either specify the issue number or |volume=I to VI), New York, N.Y.: D[aniel] Appleton & Company, 1853, OCLC 191120697:
      He is forced every Morning to drink his Dish of Coffee by itself, without the Addition of the Spectator, that used to be better than Lace to it.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English lacen, lasen, from Old French lacer, lacier, lasser, lachier, from the noun (see above).

Verb[edit]

lace (third-person singular simple present laces, present participle lacing, simple past and past participle laced)

  1. (ergative) To fasten (something) with laces.
    • 1718, Mat[thew] Prior, “Alma: Or, The Progress of the Mind”, in Poems on Several Occasions, London: [] Jacob Tonson [], and John Barber [], OCLC 5634253:
      When Jenny's stays are newly laced.
  2. (transitive) To add alcohol, poison, a drug or anything else potentially harmful to (food or drink).
  3. (transitive) To interweave items.
    to lace one's fingers together
  4. (transitive) To interweave the spokes of a bicycle wheel.
  5. (transitive) To beat; to lash; to make stripes on.
  6. (transitive) To adorn with narrow strips or braids of some decorative material.
    cloth laced with silver
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Adverb[edit]

lace

  1. wearily

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French[edit]

Verb[edit]

lace

  1. inflection of lacer:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

lace

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of laciō

Polish[edit]

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Noun[edit]

lace f

  1. dative/locative singular of laka

Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

lace

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of laçar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of laçar
  3. first-person singular imperative of laçar
  4. third-person singular imperative of laçar

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

lace

  1. inflection of lazar:
    1. first-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular present subjunctive
    3. third-person singular imperative