Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a delicate decorative fabric woven in an open web of symmetrical patterns
  2. (noun, artifact) a cord that is drawn through eyelets or around hooks in order to draw together two edges (as of a shoe or garment)
  3. (verb, change) add alcohol to (beverages)
  4. (verb, contact) spin,wind, or twist together
    Twine the threads into a rope
    intertwined hearts
  5. (verb, contact) draw through eyes or holes
  6. (verb, creation) do lacework
  7. (verb, creation) make by braiding or interlacing

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Origin of the word Lace

  1. early 13c., from O.Fr. las "a net, noose, string" (Fr. lacs), from V.L. *lacium, from L. laqueum (nom. laqueus) "noose, snare" (It. laccio, Sp. lazo), a trapping and hunting term, probably from Italic base *laq- "to ensnare" (cf. L. lacere "to entice"). The "ornamental net pattern" meaning is first recorded 1555. Se… more

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