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Lace (verb)

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To Lace. v.a. [from the noun.]

  1. To fasten with a string run through eilet holes.

    I caused a fomentation to be made, and put on a laced sock, by which the weak parts were strengthened. Wiseman.

    At this, for new replies he did not stay,
    But lac'd his crested helm, and strode away.
    Dryden.

    These glitt'ring spoils, now made the victor's gain,
    He to his body suits; but suits in vain:
    Messapus' helm he finds among the rest,
    And laces on, and wears the waving crest.
    Dryd. Æneis.

    Like Mrs. Primly's great belly; she may lace it down before, but it burnishes on her hips. Congr. Way of the World.

    When Jenny's stays are newly lac'd,
    Fair Alma plays about her waist.
    Prior.

  2. To adorn with gold or silver textures sewed on.

    It is but a night-gown in respect of yours; cloath of gold and coats, and lac'd with silver. Shakes. Much ado about Not.

  3. To embellish with variegations.

                    Look, love, what envious streaks
    Do lace the severing clouds in yonder East;
    Night's candles are burnt out, and jocund day
    Stands tiptoe on the misty mountains tops.
    Shakespeare.

    Then clap four slices of pilaster on't,
    That, lac'd with bits of rustick, makes a front.
    Pope.

  4. To beat; whether from the form which L'Estrange uses, or by corruption of lash.

    Go you, and find me out a man that has no curiosity at all, or I'll lace your coat for ye. L'Estrange.

Sources: Congreve, William (7) · Dryden, John (691) · L'Estrange, Roger (115) · Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing (21) · Pope, Alexander (362) · Prior, Matthew (142) · Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (41) · Wiseman, Richard (65)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Lace (verb)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: November 5, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=4571.


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