• 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
    • n lacing the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows
    • n lacing a cord that is drawn through eyelets or around hooks in order to draw together two edges (as of a shoe or garment)
    • n lacing a small amount of liquor added to a food or beverage
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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.
    • Lacing A beating, especially with a lash.
    • Lacing (Mach) A lace;
    • Lacing A quantity of a substance, such as an alcoholic liquor, added to a food or a drink; as, punch with a lacing of rum.
    • Lacing (Naut) A rope or line passing through eyelet holes in the edge of a sail or an awning to attach it to a yard, gaff, etc.
    • Lacing (Bridge Building) A system of bracing bars, not crossing each other in the middle, connecting the channel bars of a compound strut.
    • Lacing The act of securing, fastening, or tightening, with a lace or laces.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lacing The act of binding or fastening with a cord or thong passed backward and forward through holes or around buttons or hooks.
    • n lacing A method of fastening the adjoining ends of a belt by the use of a thong or lace.
    • n lacing In bookbinding, the fastening of the boards of a book to its back by cords which pass around the sewed threads of the signatures and through holes pierced in the boards.
    • n lacing A cord used in drawing tight or fastening; laces in general.
    • n lacing Nautical, the cord or rope used to lace a sail to a gaff, yard, or boom, or to fasten two parts of a sail or an awning together.
    • n lacing In ship-building, a piece of compass- or knee-timber fitted and bolted to the back of the figurehead and to its supporting piece, called the knee of the head. Also called lace-piece.
    • n lacing In mining, same as lagging, 3.
    • n lacing In the plumage of birds, especially in descriptions of standard or pure-bred poultry:
    • n lacing A border or edging of a different color from the center, completely surrounding the web of a feather
    • n lacing The coloration of plumage resulting from feathers marked as above, considered collectively.
    • n lacing In mathematics, a complex of three or more closed bands, so that no two are interlinked, yet so that they cannot be separated without breaking.
    • n lacing In structural work, particularly bridge work, the system of slender, diagonal members which connect the two opposite parallel members or flanges of a structural iron or steel beam, column, or strut. In lacing the several members form a single, continuous zigzag line, but do not cross one another as in latticing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lacing lās′ing a fastening with a lace or cord through eyelet-holes: a cord used in fastening: in bookbinding, the cords by which the boards of a book are fastened to the back: in shipbuilding, the knee of the head, or lace-piece, a piece of compass or knee timber secured to the back of the figure-head: in mining, lagging, or cross-pieces of timber or iron placed to prevent ore from falling into a passage.
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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.”


In literature:

Then sew on the lace round the edge; the lace can be knitted somewhat narrower for the upper edge.
"Beeton's Book of Needlework" by Isabella Beeton
To Jasmine's share had come some really beautiful Spanish lace.
"The Palace Beautiful" by L. T. Meade
She wore a white coat embroidered with black, a white skirt, a white hat with a white lace veil.
"Balloons" by Elizabeth Bibesco
I forged a passage and tore into rags one of the lace flounces of Mme.
"Parisian Points of View" by Ludovic Halévy
She wore a rich gray moire antique, and a fine lace cap.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
On the head was a lace cap with a gold rose, and the hair under the cap was gold.
"The Gay Cockade" by Temple Bailey
Presently we came to the officer's dug-out, and, would you believe it, he had small windows with lace curtains!
"Fanny Goes to War" by Pat Beauchamp
Linen lace combinations are also used, but they are rather for dress-up than for daily use.
"The Complete Home" by Various
Her mother was nervously crumpling into a ball her tiny lace handkerchief.
"A Lost Leader" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Then by some mischance the bit of lace slipped from her fingers and floated slowly downward.
"Beatrix of Clare" by John Reed Scott

In poetry:

Ladies a-plenty
Have painters drawn
In velvet and cramoise,
Lace and lawn;
"Portrait Of A Lady-1" by Cicely Fox Smith
the splendour & the lose grew all the same,
Sire. His heart stiffened, and he failed to smile,
catching (enfit) on.
The law: we must, owing to chiefly shame
lacing our pride, down what we did. A mile,
a mile to Avalon.
"Dream Song 58: Industrious, affable, having brain on fire" by John Berryman
In England, there are haunting things
Which follow one to other lands;
Like some pervading scent that clings
To laces touched by vanished hands;
Yes, touched by vanished hands, which made
A fragrance that defies the grave.
"In England" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
She moved not, but looked in his wondering face,
Till his blushes began to rise;
But she gazed, like one on the veiling lace,
To something within his eyes;
A gaze that had not to do with place,
But thought and spirit tries.
"The Homeless Ghost" by George MacDonald
You are the elder, 'tis for me to bide
Your choice, Menalcas, whether now we seek
Yon shade that quivers to the changeful breeze,
Or the cave's shelter. Look you how the cave
Is with the wild vine's clusters over-laced!
"Eclogue 5: Menalcas Mopsus" by Publius Vergilius Maro
I marked as I stole to her side that tears
Were vaguely large in her beautiful eyes;
That the loops of pearls on her throat, and years
Old lace on her bosom were heaved with sighs;
So I spoke what I thought--"Then, it appears"--
"My Lady Of Verne" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Malware-Laced Banner Ads At MySpace, Excite .
In an expletive -laced rant to reporters Thursday, Red Sox star David Ortiz said every day there's "more drama, more " and that Boston is "becoming the -hole it used to be".
The hype over accountable care organizations—something every major hospital in Indianapolis is moving to become—is increasingly being laced with skepticism as the economics behind the idea get more scrutiny.
A study released Monday indicates that while the improvements aren't extraordinary, students in schools in which the sale of junk food and sugar-laced drinks have been curtailed are seeing a slower rate of childhood obesity.
Strapless Tulle Fit-and-Flare Lace Embroidery Dropped New Style Evening Dress.
This fan is mostly made from mother-of-pearl and lace.
Sin in a Tin This perfectly named chocolate pâté, which is laced with 60-percent Belgian bittersweet chocolate, is created from an old French recipe.
I appreciated your seemingly genuine interest in this week's Have at It topic and found your responses laced with thought.
The end of a lead-laced era: polluting smelter to close after 120 years.
I love lace for evening, but is it ever work-appropriate.
Methanol -laced alcohol kills 15, injures 24 in Czech Republic.
The style originated in Scotland and Ireland as a basic, utilitarian shoe that laces up the front.
Recently I received a letter from Charlotte Mengel, of Trout Run, in which she wrote that she enjoyed the article about Queen Ann's lace and also to let me know the reason for the dark floret in the center of the white flower.
The thin soles are filled with holes, and laces are only a memory.
CARROLLTON — A cluster of shoes, pink laces displayed prominently, and a quick snapshot.

In science:

In Section 6.3, we prove the bounds on the lace expansion coefficients for excited random walk, and complete the proof of Theorems 2.2–2.3.
An expansion for self-interacting random walks
The lace expansion for self-avoiding walk in five or more dimensions.
An expansion for self-interacting random walks
The lace expansion approach to ballistic behaviour for one-dimensional weakly self-avoiding walks.
An expansion for self-interacting random walks
Slade. A new inductive approach to the lace expansion for self-avoiding walks.
An expansion for self-interacting random walks
Slade. A generalised inductive approach to the lace expansion.
An expansion for self-interacting random walks