• A girl and a boy watch a woman working at bobbin lace
    A girl and a boy watch a woman working at bobbin lace
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v lace add alcohol to (beverages) "the punch is spiked!"
    • v lace spin,wind, or twist together "intertwine the ribbons","Twine the threads into a rope","intertwined hearts"
    • v lace draw through eyes or holes "lace the shoelaces"
    • v lace do lacework "The Flemish women were lacing in front of the cathedral"
    • v lace make by braiding or interlacing "lace a tablecloth"
    • n lace a delicate decorative fabric woven in an open web of symmetrical patterns
    • n lace a cord that is drawn through eyelets or around hooks in order to draw together two edges (as of a shoe or garment)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

45. The Lace-winged Fly, Its Larva and Eggs 45. The Lace-winged Fly, Its Larva and Eggs

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If you lace your shoes from the inside to the outside the fit will be snugger around your big toe.
    • Lace 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. "Our English dames are much given to the wearing of costly laces ."
    • Lace A snare or gin, especially one made of interwoven cords; a net. "Vulcanus had caught thee [Venus] in his lace ."
    • Lace Spirits added to coffee or some other beverage.
    • Lace 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. "His hat hung at his back down by a lace .""For striving more, the more in laces strong
      Himself he tied."
    • Lace To add something to (a food or beverage) so as to impart flavor, pungency, or some special quality; as, to lace a punch with alcohol; to lace the Kool-Aid with LSD.
    • Lace To adorn with narrow strips or braids of some decorative material; as, cloth laced with silver.
    • v. i Lace To be fastened with a lace, or laces; as, these boots lace .
    • Lace To beat; to lash; to make stripes on. "I'll lace your coat for ye."
    • Lace 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. "When Jenny's stays are newly laced ."
    • Lace To twine or draw as a lace; to interlace; to intertwine. "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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lace A noose; snare; net.
    • n lace A cord or string used in binding or fastening; specifically, a cord or string used for drawing together opposite edges, as of a corset, a bodice, a shoe, or the like, by being passed out and in through holes and fastened.
    • n lace Hence, any ornamental cord or braid used as an edging or trimming, especially when made of gold or silver thread. See gold lace, below—4. A fabric of fine threads of linen, silk, or cotton, whether twisted or plaited together or worked like embroidery, or made by a combination of these processes, or (as at the present time) by machinery. Pillow or bobbin-lace is made, by a process intermediate between weaving and plaiting, from a number of threads which are kept in their places by the weight of the bobbins attached to them, and are woven and plaited together by hand. Needle-point lace is really embroidery, but is done upon loose threads which the worker has laid upon a drawn pattern, and which have no connection with each other and no stability until the needlework holds them together. (See bobbin-lace, needle-point lace, below.) Lace is known, according to kind, by many different names. See phrases below.
    • n lace Spirits added to coffee or other beverage.
    • n lace A stringer; beam.
    • n lace A blaek-silk lace, in demand because made in unusually large pieces, as for shawls, fichus, etc.
    • n lace Buckingham trolly (which see, under trolly), and
    • n lace a lace having a point ground, which is peculiar in having the pattern outlined with, thicker threads, these threads being weighted by bobbins larger and heavier than the rest.
    • n lace At the presentday, the finest Brussels lace, where needle-point sprigs are applied to Brussels bubbin-ground. See application-lace, above.
    • n lace A general name for Valenciennes made in Belgium.
    • n lace Same as bobbin-lace.
    • n lace A white pillow-lace, originally made at Grammont in Belgium.
    • n lace A black-silk lace like blond-lace.
    • n lace In the seventeenth century, a guipure, more delicate in texture and varied in design than other guipures.
    • n lace At the present day, an application lace, made of sprigs of bobbin-lace sewed upon grounds often made elsewhere, especially of the Alençon réseau.
    • n lace Lace which has been whitened. See powder, v. t.
    • n lace Cut and drawn work made in convents in Spain, of patterns usually confined to simple sprigs and flowers
    • n lace A modern black silk lace with large flower patterns, mostly of Flemish make
    • n lace A modern needle-made fabric, the pattern usually in large squares.
    • lace To catch, as in a net or gin; entrap; insnare.
    • lace To secure by means of a lace or laces; especially, to draw tight and close by a lace, the ends of which are then tied: as, to lace a shoe.
    • lace To adorn with lace, braid, or galloon: as, a laced waistcoat.
    • lace To cover with intersecting streaks; streak.
    • lace To mark with the lash; beat; lash.
    • lace To intermix, as coffee or other beverage, with spirits: as, a cup of coffee laced with a drop of brandy.
    • lace To interlace; intertwine.
    • lace To be fastened or tied by a lace; have a lace: as, shoes or a bandage made to lace in front.
    • lace To practise tight lacing.
    • n lace A machine-made lace of coarse cotton thread.
    • n lace A pillow-lace with geometric designs.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lace lās a plaited string for fastening: an ornamental fabric of linen, cotton, silk, or gold and silver threads, made by looping, knotting, plaiting, or twisting the thread into definite patterns, of contrasted open and close structure; three distinct varieties are made, two by handiwork, known respectively as Needle or Point lace and Pillow or Bobbin Lace, and one by machinery
    • v.t Lace to fasten with a lace: to adorn with lace: to streak: to mark with the lash: to intermix, as coffee with brandy, &c.: to intertwine
    • v.i Lace to be fastened with a lace
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  • Hitopadesa
    “What ever is the natural propensity of a person is hard to overcome. If a dog were made a king, he would still gnaw at his shoes laces.”
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    “I can never bring you to realize the importance of sleeves, the suggestiveness of thumb-nails, or the great issues that may hang from a boot-lace.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. las, OF. laz, F. lacs, dim. lacet, fr. L. laqueus, noose, snare; prob. akin to lacere, to entice. Cf. Delight Elicit Lasso Latchet


In literature:

They looked like any other pair of boy's shoes, the same stout soles, strong lacings, shiny tips and uppers.
"Tell Me Another Story" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
The wristbands of the shirt bound with wide lace, and a wide lace collar worn around the neck.
"Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants" by James H. Head
Hanging with a lace, 204.
"The Witch-cult in Western Europe" by Margaret Alice Murray
There were ladies in beautiful garments and flying ribbons and laces.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
A full description of the latter will be found in the chapters on net embroidery, and Irish lace.
"Encyclopedia of Needlework" by Thérèse de Dillmont
Cretonne, chintz, dress linings, crape, velveteen, and lace are made of cotton.
"Textiles and Clothing" by Kate Heintz Watson
We got three yards of lace webbing and trimmed it with lace on the edge.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
This lace is of a conventional Italian pattern, and is filled in with the Italian lace and ground-stitches, and Sorrento bars.
"The Art of Modern Lace Making" by The Butterick Publishing Co.
She must remember that the art of pleasing and entertaining gentlemen is infinitely more ornamental than laces, ribbons or diamonds.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
The history of lace by Mrs.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 107, September, 1866" by Various

In poetry:

And once in strange and solemn place,
Mid weeping uncontrolled,
Upon the crushed and snowy lace
I saw them scattered 'round a face
All pallid, still, and cold.
"Sweet Peas" by Hattie Howard
It’s terrible! – all drip and listening.
Whether, as ever, it’s loneliness,
splashing a branch, like lace, on the window,
or whether perhaps there’s a witness.
"The Weeping Garden" by Boris Pasternak
When by the flowered scrolls of lace-like stone
Our women's windows--I am left alone,
Across the yellow Desert, looking forth,
I see the purple hills towards the north.
"Zira: In Captivity" by Laurence Hope
"O fie, you naughty child, what have you done?
There never was so mischievous a son.
You've put the cat among my work, and torn
A fine laced cap that I but once have worn."
"The Mimic Harlequin" by Charles Lamb
There was also a Beaver, that paced on the deck,
Or would sit making lace in the bow:
And had often (the Bellman said) saved them from wreck,
Though none of the sailors knew how.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
Through the green boughs I hardly saw thy face,
They twined so close: the sun was in mine eyes;
And now the sullen trees in sombre lace
Stand bare beneath the sinister, sad skies.
"Saint Germain-En-Laye" by Ernest Christopher Dowson

In news:

DALLAS (AP) — Women can lower their stroke risk by lacing up their sneakers and walking, a new study suggests.
Financial Types To Lace Up for Extell-Backed Boxing.
TSA Intends To Lace Up Its Shoe Policy.
Burberry Polished Leather Lace-Up .
Polished leather lace-up shoes ($525) by Burberry,
Iowans ' lace up ' for lung cancer benefit.
It's Time to Lace Up .
Album art for Paper Lace's 1974 self-titled album (Album Art).
Alan Arkin lacing up for 'Grudge Match'.
Joe from Dubya USA shows us how to "loose lace " a motocross wheel.
premiered way back in 1989, its vision of 2015 was exciting: Marty McFly got to enjoy inventions like the hoverboard and self- lacing sneakers.
Jo Dee Messina lacing up for marathon.
Actors, Agents and Execs are Lacing Up.
There are at least three common ways to lace shows, as illustrated (right): American (or standard) zigzag, European straight, and quick-action shoe store.
Lacing patterns can be quite complex, and different patterns require different lengths of lace .

In science:

It proves to be consistent only for simply laced Lie algebras g.
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies
Marchant, Alfred Russel Wal lace, Letters and Reminiscences, I (London: Cassell, 1916), p.
How the sun shines
In order to overcome this problem, we use a technique that is reminiscent of the so-called “lace expansion”.
Weak-interaction limits for one-dimensional random polymers
For simply laced types of rank ≥ 3 see [BGK].
Generalized reductive Lie algberas
For simply-laced and un-twisted non-simply laced affine root systems α0 is the lowest long root, whereas for twisted non-simply laced affine root systems, α0 is the lowest short root.
Polynomials Associated with Equilibria of Affine Toda-Sutherland Systems