lace


lace
1 noun
1 (U) a fine cloth made with patterns of many very small holes: a handkerchief trimmed with lace | lace curtains
-see also: lacy
2 (C) a string that is pulled through special holes in shoes or clothing to pull the edges together and fasten them
2 verb (T)
1 also lace up to pull something together or fasten something by tying a lace 1 (2): Lace up your shoes or you'll trip over. | lace sth to: The canvas was laced to a steel frame.
2 to pass a string or lace 1 (2) through holes in something such as a pair of shoes
3 to add a small amount of alcohol or a drug to a drink: lace sth with: coffee laced with Irish whiskey
4 be laced with if a book, lesson, speech etc is laced with something, it has a lot of a particular quality all through it: The novel is laced with sexual imagery.
5 literary to weave or twist something together: Hannah laced her fingers together.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • lace — lace …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • lacé — lacé …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • Lace — • The two earliest known specimens of lace worked linen albs are that of St. Francis, preserved at St. Clare s convent, Assisi, and the alb of Pope Boniface VIII, now in the treasury of the Sistine Chapel Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Lace — is an openwork fabric, patterned with open holes in the work, made by machine or by hand. The holes can be formed via removal of threads or cloth from a previously woven fabric, but more often open spaces are created as part of the lace fabric.… …   Wikipedia

  • Lace — (l[=a]s), n. [OE. las, OF. laz, F. lacs, dim. lacet, fr. L. laqueus noose, snare; prob. akin to lacere to entice. Cf. {Delight}, {Elicit}, {Lasso}, {Latchet}.] 1. That which binds or holds, especially by being interwoven; a string, cord, or band …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lace — Lace, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Laced} ([=a]st); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lacing}.] 1. To fasten with a lace; to draw together with a lace passed through eyelet holes; to unite with a lace or laces, or, figuratively. with anything resembling laces. Shak.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lace — [lās] n. [ME las < OFr las, laz < L laqueus, a noose, snare, trap < IE base * lēk > OE læla, a whip] 1. a string, ribbon, etc. used to draw together and fasten the parts of a shoe, corset, etc. by being drawn through eyelets or over… …   English World dictionary

  • Lace — Lace, v. i. To be fastened with a lace, or laces; as, these boots lace. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lace-up — n [C usually plural] especially BrE a shoe that is fastened with a lace >lace up adj ▪ shiny black lace up shoes …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lacé — lacé, ée (la sé, sée) part. passé de lacer. 1°   Serré avec un lacet. Corset bien lacé. Une femme lacée. 2°   S. m. Lacé, entrelacement de petits grains de verre, dont on orne les lustres …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • lace-up — (adj.) 1831, originally of boots, from LACE (Cf. lace) (v.) + UP (Cf. up) …   Etymology dictionary