Definitions and meaning of lace
- (UK, US) IPA(key): /leɪs/
- Rhymes: -eɪs
From Middle English lace, laace, las, from Old French las, from Vulgar Latin *laceum, based on Latin laqueus. Doublet of lasso.
lace (countable and uncountable, plural laces)
- (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.
- 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.
- (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
- A snare or gin, especially one made of interwoven cords; a net.
- Vulcanus had caught thee [Venus] in his las.
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- (slang, obsolete) Spirits added to coffee or another beverage.
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- (for a shoe): shoelace
- (for a garment): tie
From Middle English lacen, lasen, from Old French lacer, lacier, lasser, lachier, from the noun (see above).
lace (third-person singular simple present laces, present participle lacing, simple past and past participle laced)
- (ergative) To fasten (something) with laces.
- 1718, Matthew Prior, Alma; or, The Progress of the Mind
- When Jenny's stays are newly laced.
- (transitive) To add alcohol, poison, a drug or anything else potentially harmful to (food or drink).
- (transitive) To interweave items.
- The Gond […] picked up a trail of the Karela, the vine that bears the bitter wild gourd, and laced it to and fro across the temple door.
- to lace one's fingers together
- (transitive) To interweave the spokes of a bicycle wheel.
- (transitive) To beat; to lash; to make stripes on.
- 1692, Roger L'Estrange, Fables of Æsop and Other Eminent Mythologists
- I'll Lace your Coat for ye.
- (transitive) To adorn with narrow strips or braids of some decorative material.
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- ALEC, Acle, Alec, alec, cale
- first-person singular present indicative of lacer
- third-person singular present indicative of lacer
- first-person singular present subjunctive of lacer
- third-person singular present subjunctive of lacer
- second-person singular imperative of lacer
- second-person singular present active imperative of laciō
- dative/locative singular of laka
- first-person singular present subjunctive of laçar
- third-person singular present subjunctive of laçar
- first-person singular imperative of laçar
- third-person singular imperative of laçar
- First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of lazar.
- Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of lazar.
- Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of lazar.
- to draw together two edges with a cord.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)