• (British, America) IPA: /leɪs/


  1. (uncountable) A light fabric containing patterns of holes, usually built up from a single thread. Lace
    • 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.
    • 1977, Agatha Christie, chapter 4, in An Autobiography, part II, London: Collins, →ISBN:
      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.
  2. (countable) A cord or ribbon passed through eyelets in a shoe or garment, pulled tight and tied to fasten the shoe or garment firmly. Shoelaces
  3. A snare or gin, especially one made of interwoven cords; a net.
    • Vulcanus had caught thee [Venus] in his lace.
  4. (slang, obsolete) Spirits added to coffee or another beverage.
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lace (laces, present participle lacing; past and past participle laced)

  1. (ergative) To fasten (something) with laces.
    • When Jenny's stays are newly laced.
  2. (transitive) To add alcohol, poison, a drug or anything else potentially harmful to (food or drink).
  3. (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
  4. (transitive) To interweave the spokes of a bicycle wheel.
  5. (transitive) To beat; to lash; to make stripes on.
    • I'll lace your coat for ye.
  6. (transitive) To adorn with narrow strips or braids of some decorative material.
    cloth laced with silver
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