unlace

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v unlace undo the ties of "They untied the prisoner"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Unlace To loose by undoing a lacing; as, to unlace a shoe.
    • Unlace To loose the dress of; to undress; hence, to expose; to disgrace. "What's the matter,
      That you unlace your reputation thus?"
    • Unlace (Naut) To loose, and take off, as a bonnet from a sail, or to cast off, as any lacing in any part of the rigging of a vessel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unlace To loose from lacing or fastening by a cord, string, band, or the like passed through loops, holes, etc.; open or unfasten by undoing or untying the lace of: as, to unlace a garment or a helmet.
    • unlace To loosen or ease the dress or armor of.
    • unlace To divest of due covering; expose to injury or damage.
    • unlace To disentangle.
    • unlace To carve.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Unlace un-lās′ to loose from being laced: to loose the dress of
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1st un-, + lace,

Usage

In literature:

And then, when I was unlaced, I fainted.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
By unlacing one portion, the sail can quickly be reduced in size.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Sir Hugh unlaced his helmet, for the day had been still and hot.
"Paul the Minstrel and Other Stories" by Arthur Christopher Benson
They're so big that I can step out of them without unlacing them.
"When Patty Went to College" by Jean Webster
Unlace the bonnet of the jib for a sail.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
I was stooping down to unlace them, when I was startled by something cold that struck me upon the back of the head.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
It was never unlaced except in his presence or by his order.
"Found in the Philippines" by Charles King
Kneeling by his side he unlaced Turpin's golden helmet, and bound up his gaping wounds.
"The Book of Romance" by Various
She worked at the unlacing of the Queen's gown, so that she at last must kneel down to it.
"The Fifth Queen Crowned" by Ford Madox Ford
She could have unlaced the dress herself, he saw, but she wanted him to.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
The knight unlaced his helm and took it off.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
The boy dropped on his knees to unlace Peter's boots.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
He stooped and unlaced her boots, pulling them off.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
She had never unlaced or unbuttoned him.
"The Very Small Person" by Annie Hamilton Donnell
There was not time to unlace his boots.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
Both boys sprang up, unlaced the door of the tent, and sallied forth in the direction of the fruit garden.
"Soldiers of the Queen" by Harold Avery
Gates and Tommy were busily unlacing the canvas cover from our brass cannon.
"Wings of the Wind" by Credo Harris
Once more Jane unlaced those exasperating shoes, drying her feet on a woefully limp and dirty handkerchief.
"Chicken Little Jane on the Big John" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
Albert suddenly laid down pencil and pocket-book, bent forward, unlaced his left boot, and took it off.
"The Wolf Patrol" by John Finnemore
He threw off his dressing-gown, and began to unlace his shoes.
"Seven Keys to Baldpate" by Earl Derr Biggers
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In poetry:

We saw the trees in the hot, bright weather,
Clear-cut, with shadows very black,
As freely we rode on together
With helms unlaced and bridles slack.
"Riding Together" by William Morris
My precious grand-child, aged two,
Is eager to unlace one shoe,
And then the other;
Her cotton socks she'll deftly doff
Despite the mild reproaches of
Her mother.
"Strip Teaser" by Robert W Service
"His casque I unlaced, and I chafed his cold brow,
And fain every wound would have healed;
So young, and so lovely he seemed, that I wept
As by him I tenderly kneeled.
"The Warrior's Return" by Amelia Opie

In news:

After throwing light jabs for several rounds with Town of Winton government officials, the chairman of the Hertford County Board of Commissioners unlaced the proverbial leather and tossed the first real punch.
Toward the end of our post-practice conversation, Durant leaned over and started unlacing his shoes.
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