Definitions for LACEleɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

laceleɪs(n.; v.)laced, lac•ing.

  1. (n.)a netlike ornamental fabric made of threads by hand or machine.

    Category: Textiles

  2. a cord or string for holding or drawing together, as when passed through holes in opposite edges.

    Category: Textiles

  3. ornamental cord or braid.

  4. (v.t.)to fasten, draw together, or compress by or as if by means of a lace.

  5. to pass (a cord, leather strip, etc.), as through holes.

  6. to interlace; intertwine.

  7. to adorn or trim with lace.

    Category: Textiles

  8. to add a small amount of alcoholic liquor or other substance to:

    coffee laced with brandy.

  9. to beat; thrash.

  10. to compress the waist of (a person) by drawing tight the laces of a corset, or the like.

  11. to mark or streak, as with color.

  12. (v.i.)to be fastened with a lace.

  13. to attack physically or verbally (usu. fol. by into).

Origin of lace:

1175–1225; ME las < OF laz, las蠐 L laqueus noose

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lace, lacing(noun)

    a cord that is drawn through eyelets or around hooks in order to draw together two edges (as of a shoe or garment)

  2. lace(verb)

    a delicate decorative fabric woven in an open web of symmetrical patterns

  3. intertwine, twine, entwine, enlace, interlace, lace(verb)

    spin,wind, or twist together

    "intertwine the ribbons"; "Twine the threads into a rope"; "intertwined hearts"

  4. braid, lace, plait(verb)

    make by braiding or interlacing

    "lace a tablecloth"

  5. lace(verb)

    do lacework

    "The Flemish women were lacing in front of the cathedral"

  6. lace, lace up(verb)

    draw through eyes or holes

    "lace the shoelaces"

  7. spike, lace, fortify(verb)

    add alcohol to (beverages)

    "the punch is spiked!"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. lace(noun)ɪs

    a type of fine cloth with holes in it that make patterns

    a lace tablecloth

  2. laceɪs

    a shoelace

    a knot in the lace


  1. lace(Noun)

    A light fabric containing patterns of holes, usually built up from a single thread.

  2. lace(Noun)

    A cord or ribbon passed through eyelets in a shoe or garment, pulled tight and tied to fasten the shoe or garment firmly.

  3. lace(Verb)

    To fasten (something) with laces.

  4. lace(Verb)

    To add alcohol, poison, a drug or anything else potentially harmful to (food or drink).

  5. lace(Verb)

    To interweave items. (lacing one's fingers together)

  6. lace(Verb)

    To interweave the spokes of a bicycle wheel

  7. Origin: From las, from *, based on laqueus

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lace(noun)

    that which binds or holds, especially by being interwoven; a string, cord, or band, usually one passing through eyelet or other holes, and used in drawing and holding together parts of a garment, of a shoe, of a machine belt, etc

  2. Lace(noun)

    a snare or gin, especially one made of interwoven cords; a net

  3. Lace(noun)

    a fabric of fine threads of linen, silk, cotton, etc., often ornamented with figures; a delicate tissue of thread, much worn as an ornament of dress

  4. Lace(noun)

    spirits added to coffee or some other beverage

  5. Lace(verb)

    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

  6. Lace(verb)

    to adorn with narrow strips or braids of some decorative material; as, cloth laced with silver

  7. Lace(verb)

    to beat; to lash; to make stripes on

  8. Lace(verb)

    to add spirits to (a beverage)

  9. Lace(verb)

    to be fastened with a lace, or laces; as, these boots lace


  1. Lace

    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. Lace-making is an ancient craft. True lace was not made until the late 15th and early 16th centuries. A true lace is created when a thread is looped, twisted or braided to other threads independently from a backing fabric. Originally linen, silk, gold, or silver threads were used. Now lace is often made with cotton thread, although linen and silk threads are still available. Manufactured lace may be made of synthetic fiber. A few modern artists make lace with a fine copper or silver wire instead of thread.

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Translations for LACE

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a string or cord for fastening shoes etc

I need a new pair of laces for my tennis shoes.

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