lace


lace
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 hooks
2. an ornamental braid of gold or silver, for trimming uniforms, hats, etc.
3. a fine netting or openwork fabric of cotton, polyester, etc., woven in ornamental designs
vt.
laced, lacing [ME lacen, lasen < OFr lacier < L laqueare, to ensnare, entangle < the n.]
1. to draw the ends of (a garment, shoe, etc.) together and fasten with a lace
2. to compress the waist of by lacing a corset, etc.: often with up
3. to pass (a cord, etc.) in and out through eyelets, fabric, etc.
4. to weave together; intertwine
5. to ornament with or as with lace
6.
a) to streak, as with color
b) to diversify, as with a contrasting element
7.
a) to thrash; whip
b) to hit hard [the batter laced the ball into center field]
8. to add a dash of alcoholic liquor to (a beverage)
vi.
1. to be fastened with a lace [these shoes lace]
2. Informal to attack physically or verbally: with into

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