Definition of lace in English:
- Here's what you get when you mix luxurious silk with a lace trim and fine ribbon lacing.
- Her jeans and black shirt were replaced by a dress of blue velvet, cream silk and white lace.
- Upon her bed was a gown of light blue silk trimmed with white lace and satin bows running from the neck to the waist.
- There was gold lace down the seams on the sides of the arms showing skin.
- She sat before the organ wearing a simple black dress, no lace, no detail.
- I had worn a little blue velvet jacket with gold lace and now I clutched it possessively.
- She found a thick leather vest and put it on top of the shirt, pulling the laces tight.
- Wyatt said he pulled the laces out of two pairs of shoes and he and Rattigan both tied her up.
- As she pulled at the laces of the tight whalebone corset, she gave a little gasp.
verb[with object] Back to top
- Marshall was lacing his shoes when his brother came in and jumped onto the end of his bed.
- I situated myself down on the arm of the couch, now fully dressed as I laced my sneakers up.
- She quickly finished lacing her shoes and looked outside and saw the town as it normally was at dawn.
- The Widow is a corset which the young Edmund is required to lace her into.
- I have a steel-boned underbust corset that I can wear for you too, or I can bring it along for you to lace me into.
- Next, a scruffy-looking student enthusiastically volunteered to lace him into a straightjacket and secure him with padlocks and chains.
- A shoe that laces will allow for adjustment across this area.
- I also had my knee length combat boots that laced up in the front.
- The bodice laced up in the front with cream-colored ribbon, which tied off at the waist.
- Subjects laced their fingers together and placed their hands at the back of their head.
- Cris grinned at her and hopped up onto the couch, lacing his fingers together as he winked.
- He laced his fingers together under his head and crossed his legs, looking at her.
- She tied her pocket closed with jute twine by lacing it through holes she punched in the corners.
- You could take black satin ribbon and lace it through the big stitches for extra effect.
- Running decklines through the loops of these device requires the kayak operator to unlash the decklines and lace them through the loops, then re-lash the lines.
- It may arise where the accused is drugged by others or his drink is laced with alcohol.
- When I was ill, our butler caught Charles lacing my tea with some sort of substance.
- Noah had calmed down after a couple of drinks, mainly coffee laced with alcohol.
This comes from Latin laqueus ‘noose’ which was also found as an early sense in English and is still the basic sense of the Spanish-American equivalent, lasso (mid 18th century). The fine openwork fabric of looping threads was known as lace from the middle of the 16th century. The verb lace, to mean ‘fortify’ and ‘flavour’ as in to lace a drink, is from the late 17th century. Lacerate (Late Middle English) is unrelated, coming from Latin lacerare ‘to mangle, tear’.
- informal Attack verbally or physically: Brady laced into his teammates for playing with a lack of passionMore example sentences
set upon, fall on, attack, assault, assail, beat, thrash, tear into, turn on, set about, lash out at, round on, drub, thump, batter, hammer, pummel, hit out at, strike out at, (let) fly at, weigh into, belabourBritish informal have a go at
- One group he laces into is the Royal Society - its astronomers, physicists, and mathematicians.
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.