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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
lace
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
lace sth with poison (=put poison in something)
▪ He laced the emperor's tea with poison.
shoe laces
velvet/net/lace etc curtains (=made of velvet, net etc)
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
black
▪ I only wish Daddy could have seen me in the black lace dress.
▪ He finds a woman in black lace, with piercing eyes and a mobile face.
▪ She chose a short black lace suit, tight-fitted with a scoop neckline.
▪ She wears a dark print dress with a black lace collar; her large hands rest on her lap.
▪ Stirling Cooper's Annalise Kjaer unpicked the body sleeves, using them as a pattern for new ones in black lace.
▪ It was in fact a butterfly, tawny orange like a tiger with a purple and black lace frill to its wings.
▪ She was here tonight, in a scarlet dress with black lace, a witty travesty of a flamenco dress.
▪ To their left, the finely wrought balustrade of a stone cantilevered staircase rose like a border of black lace.
fine
▪ Instead, I used what I consider an under value stitch - Brother fine lace.
▪ His hand slid up her thigh and found fine silk and lace in his way.
▪ But I have gone a long way from my original fine lace and the number of strokes of the lace carriage.
▪ Sometimes the lobes, as the divisions are called, are so intricately re-divided that they are commonly compared to fine lace.
▪ Proud owners carrying their birds in beautiful brandy bottle-shaped cages, decorated with fine lace covers to shade the birds.
▪ Silver Reed tell me that the fine gauge lace carriage has to be tuned to the needlebed.
white
▪ They were loose-legged and bright green with white lace.
▪ Intricate white lace draped the tables.
▪ She was dressed in dark blue velvet, a high white lace wimple on her head.
▪ On the mainland, the small beaches were faintly visible, the surf like a tiny ruffle of white lace.
▪ It buttoned almost to the neck, just showing a white lace top.
▪ She was in a white dress with lace stockings.
▪ His back looked comically enormous framed by the floral white lace of the curtains.
▪ She had put the glass plates on a green wicker table, with a sprinkle of white lace cloth.
■ NOUN
collar
▪ Carews in lace collars and bucket boots; in Ramillies wigs and steel breastplates.
▪ The child had worn a purple suit with a lace collar.
▪ It was bright pillar-box red with a white lace collar and cuffs.
handkerchief
▪ A friend fills hers with miniature whisky bottles for the men and lace handkerchiefs for the women.
▪ The Prime Minister belched into a lace handkerchief and began speaking over the slow chanting of his name.
▪ She wiped her eyes with a lace handkerchief and he caught the drift of her exotic scent.
▪ Miss Sadie enjoyed the bath story so much, she brought out a lace handkerchief to wipe her eyes.
▪ She eagerly took the mirror and the lace handkerchief he handed to her, and listened to his instructions.
■ VERB
trim
▪ She is wearing a linen blouse, trimmed with lace, and a full blue skirt that swings as she moves.
▪ Those early cards were works of art, elaborately painted and trimmed with lace, jewels, feathers, seashells and tassels.
▪ I would have bought you a new slip, of satin, trimmed with lace, or embroidered with roses.
wear
▪ Besides, not everyone wore shoes with laces.
▪ He was wearing outsize boots without laces.
▪ Twenty minutes later she stood in front of the mirror wearing the fragile lace undies which were also the result of her impulse-buying.
▪ Moderators still continue to wear the gaiters and lace when there is no rule to say they must.
▪ He was wearing more lace than the Lady Francesca!
▪ She was older than her brother and she wore a black lace cap over her grey hair.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a lace wedding veil
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ I was very pleased with the result and my friend thought it looked like fashion lace.
▪ It is possible to knit a bias strip of mesh lace to use as a collar.
▪ My arms and chest exploded with tiny laces of pain when I moved the weights the way he instructed me.
II.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
up
▪ You can lace up tight for the next couple of weeks and try to act normal.
▪ She wears black shoes that lace up.
▪ I laced up the Docs and went for a walk in the hills behind Gallanach.
▪ Miguel said as he laced up.
▪ His boots are laced up like a clarinet with knotted string.
▪ Costumers are fixing her hair, adjusting her breastplate and lacing up the back of her leather minidress.
▪ The newest styles hark back to the Seventies; wedge-soled styles which lace up the leg.
▪ The Rockets can make lacing up their sneakers look so hard.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Dave laced up his running shoes and ran off.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ He sits on the grass lacing stiff boots into a wreath of effort and breath.
▪ He then put the shoes on and laced them up.
▪ Loops and spurs of railroad track laced it all together.
▪ Smoke lay heavy on the far side of the water, laced eerily with threads of light from the blaze.
▪ While Brown touted initiatives created in his tenure, some of the speech was laced with hyperbole.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Lace

Lace \Lace\ (l[=a]s), n. [OE. las, OF. laz, F. lacs, dim. lacet, fr. L. laqueus noose, snare; prob. akin to lacere to entice. Cf. Delight, Elicit, Lasso, Latchet.]

  1. 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.
    --Chaucer.

    For striving more, the more in laces strong Himself he tied.
    --Spenser.

  2. A snare or gin, especially one made of interwoven cords; a net. [Obs.]
    --Fairfax.

    Vulcanus had caught thee [Venus] in his lace.
    --Chaucer.

  3. 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.
    --Bacon.

  4. Spirits added to coffee or some other beverage. [Old Slang]
    --Addison.

    Alen[,c]on lace, a kind of point lace, entirely of needlework, first made at Alen[,c]on in France, in the 17th century. It is very durable and of great beauty and cost.

    Bone lace, Brussels lace, etc. See under Bone, Brussels, etc.

    Gold lace, or Silver lace, lace having warp threads of silk, or silk and cotton, and a weft of silk threads covered with gold (or silver), or with gilt.

    Lace leather, thin, oil-tanned leather suitable for cutting into lacings for machine belts.

    Lace lizard (Zo["o]l.), a large, aquatic, Australian lizard ( Hydrosaurus giganteus), allied to the monitors.

    Lace paper, paper with an openwork design in imitation of lace.

    Lace piece (Shipbuilding), the main piece of timber which supports the beak or head projecting beyond the stem of a ship.

    Lace pillow, and Pillow lace. See under Pillow.

Lace

Lace \Lace\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Laced ([=a]st); p. pr. & vb. n. Lacing.]

  1. 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.
    --Shak.

    When Jenny's stays are newly laced.
    --Prior.

  2. To adorn with narrow strips or braids of some decorative material; as, cloth laced with silver.
    --Shak.

  3. To beat; to lash; to make stripes on. [Colloq.]

    I'll lace your coat for ye.
    --L'Estrange.

  4. 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. [Old Slang]

  5. 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.
    --Kipling.

Lace

Lace \Lace\, v. i. To be fastened with a lace, or laces; as, these boots lace.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
lace

early 13c., laz, "cord made of braided or interwoven strands of silk, etc.," from Old French laz "a net, noose, string, cord, snare" (Modern French lacs), from Vulgar Latin *lacium, from Latin laqueum (nominative laqueus) "noose, snare" (source also of Italian laccio, Spanish lazo), a trapping and hunting term, probably from Italic base *laq- "to ensnare" (compare Latin lacere "to entice"). Later also "net, noose, snare" (c.1300); and "piece of cord used to draw together the edges of slits or openings in an article of clothing" (late 14c., as in shoelace). The "ornamental net pattern" meaning is first recorded 1550s. As an adjective, lace-curtain "middle class" (or lower-class with middle-class pretensions), usually is used in reference to Irish-Americans, is attested by 1928.

lace

c.1200, "fasten (clothing, etc.) with laces and ties," from Old French lacier, from laz (see lace (n.)). Also "tighten (a garment) by pulling its laces" (early 14c.). To lace coffee, etc., with a dash of liquor (1670s) originally was used of sugar, and comes via the notion of "to ornament or trim." Related: Laced; lacing. Laced mutton was "an old word for a whore" [Johnson].

Wiktionary
lace

n. (context uncountable English) A light fabric containing patterns of holes, usually built up from a single thread.(w Lace W) vb. 1 (label en transitive) To fasten (something) with laces. 2 (label en transitive) To add alcohol, poison, a drug or anything else potentially harmful to (food or drink). 3 (label en transitive) To interweave items.

WordNet
lace
  1. n. a cord that is drawn through eyelets or around hooks in order to draw together two edges (as of a shoe or garment) [syn: lacing]

  2. a delicate decorative fabric woven in an open web of symmetrical patterns

lace
  1. v. spin or twist together so as to form a cord; "intertwine the ribbons"; "Twine the threads into a rope" [syn: intertwine, twine, entwine, enlace, interlace] [ant: untwine]

  2. make by braiding or interlacing; "lace a tablecloth" [syn: braid, plait]

  3. do lacework; "The Flemish women were lacing in front of the cathedral"

  4. draw through eyes or holes; "lace the shoelaces" [syn: lace up]

  5. add alcohol beverages [syn: spike, fortify]

Wikipedia
Lace

Lace is a delicate fabric made of yarn or thread in an open weblike pattern, made by machine or by hand.

Originally linen, silk, gold, or silver threads were used. Now lace is often made with cotton thread, although linen and silk threads are still available. Manufactured lace may be made of synthetic fiber. A few modern artists make lace with a fine copper or silver wire instead of thread.

Lace (disambiguation)

Lace is a lightweight fabric patterned with open holes.

Lace may refer to:

  • Shoelace, a thin cord fitted to shoes to keep the shoes in place
  • Lacing, the act of connecting a set of points in a criss cross pattern of lines. Common usage: the lacing of shoe strings.
Lace (miniseries)

Lace is an American television two-part miniseries, based on the novel of the same name by author Shirley Conran. The series aired on ABC on February 26–27, 1984. The plot concerns the search by sex symbol Lili ( Phoebe Cates) for her natural mother, who surrendered her for adoption as a newborn. Lace was one of the highest-rated television movies of the 1983–84 television season.

Lili's line "Incidentally, which one of you bitches is my mother?", addressed to her three maternal candidates — Pagan Trelawney ( Brooke Adams), Judy Hale ( Bess Armstrong) and Maxine Pascal ( Arielle Dombasle) — was named the best line in television history by TV Guide in its 1993 issue celebrating 40 years of television.

Lace (band)

Lace was a Canadian country music group who formed in 1998 with the backing of music producer David Foster. Active between 1998 and 2001, the band charted four singles on national country music charts, in addition to releasing a self-titled studio album on 143 Records (in association with Warner Bros. Records Nashville).

Lace (album)

Lace is the studio album by Canadian country music group Lace. The album was released on October 5, 1999 on 143 Records.

Lace (1926 film)

Lace'' (German:Spitzen'') is a 1926 German silent crime film directed by Holger-Madsen and starring Olaf Fønss, Elisabeth Pinajeff and Evelyn Holt.

The film's sets were designed by the art director Alfred Junge.

Lace (1928 film)

Lace'' (Russian:Kruzheva'') is a 1928 Soviet silent film directed by Sergei Yutkevich and starring Nina Shaternikova, Konstantin Gradopolov and Boris Tenin.

Usage examples of "lace".

The troops of ladies were off to bereave themselves of their fashionable imitation old lace adornment, which denounced them in some sort abettors and associates of the sanguinary loathed wretch, Mrs.

So Cap had a theory to explain the strange sequences the Judy Lab had revealed: chimpanzee, human, and hybrid all in the same animal, laced with sequences from the adenovirus that did most of the splicing.

There came to their great aeronautic parks at Chinsi-fu and Tsingyen by the mono-rails that now laced the whole surface of China a limitless supply of skilled and able workmen, workmen far above the average European in industrial efficiency.

Clodius Afer in amazement, his fingers hesitating in the midst of releasing the laces that held the shoulder straps to the front of his mail shirt.

Although he was dressed richly in red velvet laced with gold, he struck Alec at once as someone of much less importance than the others.

Goth crowd sheathed their androgynous bodies mostly in black leather and velvet, with frilly white and black lace on several of the women.

And she looked up at him, her fingers lacing into the thick black hair she loved to touch, her aquamarine eyes shimmering over him with wondering satisfaction while he slowly lowered her down on to the pillows.

An argumentum ad logic am a brilliant caricature, plausible-sounding and laced with shards of the truth.

I did not like any of the lace, so the girl said that she would bring me some more to choose from the next day, and as I raised my eyes I was astonished to see that she had the face of the young man who was always in my thoughts.

The tangled lace of Flow drifted undisturbed, and no aureate Shells larger than those of rats shimmered in the shadows.

Its rear exuded puffs of white, and the craft began to drop more rapidly, more confidently, toward the world below, a world of all adamantine blue-white, a great azurite globe laced with a delicate matrix of cloud.

She wore a new lace blouse, an expensive wrapper, coral beads round her neck, and copper bangles round her wrists.

We saw her in fantastic dresses of silk and lace, edged with turquoise filigree, white gowns, and yellow hats, waving a fan of blue feathers, with expensive bangles of silver and gold weighing her arms, and necklaces of pearl and jade round her neck.

She looked very cute, Bingo thought, in that little black dress with the white lace collar and the big black hat.

The Biter heeled on the new slant, and the breeze struck colder from the larboard beam, laced with lumps of spray.