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Lace (noun)

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Lace. n.s. [lacet, French; laqueus, Latin.]

  1. A string; a cord.

    There the fond fly entangled, struggled long,
    Himself to free thereout; but all in vain:
    For striving more, the more in laces strong
    Himself he tied, and wrapt his winges twain
    In limy snares, the subtil loops among.
    Spenser

  2. A snare; a gin.

    The king had snared been in love's strong lace. Fairfax.

  3. A platted string, with which women fasten their clothes.

    O! cut my lace, lest my heart cracking, it
    Break too.
    Shakespeare's Winter's Tale.

    Doll ne'er was call'd to cut her lace,
    Or throw cold water in her face.
    Swift.

  4. Ornaments of fine thread curiously woven.

    Our English dames are much given to the wearing of costly laces; and, if they be brought from Italy, they are in great esteem. Bacon's Advice to Villiers.

  5. Textures of thread, with gold or silver.

    He wears a stuff, whose thread is coarse and round,
    But trimm'd with curious lace.
    Herbert.

  6. Sugar. A cant word.

    If haply he the sect pursues,
    That read and comment upon the news;
    He takes up their mysterious face,
    He drinks his coffee without lace.
    Prior.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Fairfax, Edward (30) · Herbert, George (10) · Prior, Matthew (162) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Swift, Jonathan (306) · Shakespeare's Winter's Tale (43)

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