Alencon 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. [1913 Webster]

His hat hung at his back down by a lace. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

For striving more, the more in laces strong Himself he tied. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. A snare or gin, especially one made of interwoven cords; a net. [Obs.] --Fairfax. [1913 Webster]

Vulcanus had caught thee [Venus] in his lace. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Our English dames are much given to the wearing of costly laces. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

4. Spirits added to coffee or some other beverage. [Old Slang] --Addison. [1913 Webster]

{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}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Alençon lace — or point d Alençon is a needle lace originating from the town of Alençon, France. The style is sometimes called the Queen of lace. Lace began being manufactured in originated in Alençon in the 16th century. The local industry was promoted by Jean …   Wikipedia

  • Alencon lace — A len [,c]on lace See under {Lace}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Alençon lace — 1. Also called point d Alençon. a delicate needlepoint lace having a solid design outlined with twisted yarn on a background of hexagonal mesh. 2. a machine reproduction of this lace, with a cordlike outline. [1855 60] * * * ▪ lace French  Point… …   Universalium

  • alençon lace — noun see alençon * * * 1. Also called point d Alençon. a delicate needlepoint lace having a solid design outlined with twisted yarn on a background of hexagonal mesh. 2. a machine reproduction of this lace, with a cordlike outline. [1855 60] * *… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Alençon lace — /əlɛnsən ˈleɪs/ (say uhlensuhn lays) noun 1. a delicate needlepoint lace made in Alençon. 2. a machine reproduction of this lace, with a cordlike outline. {from Alençon, a lace making centre in NW France} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Alençon — Town hall of Alençon …   Wikipedia

  • alençon — əˈlenˌsän, en(t)sən also |alən|sän noun or alençon lace ( s) Usage: usually capitalized A Etymology: Alençon from French alençon, short for point d Alençon Alençon lace, from Alençon, France, where it is made; Alençon lace, translation of French… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lace — • The two earliest known specimens of lace worked linen albs are that of St. Francis, preserved at St. Clare s convent, Assisi, and the alb of Pope Boniface VIII, now in the treasury of the Sistine Chapel Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Alençon — [ə len′sän΄, ə len′sən; ] Fr [ ȧ län sōn′] n. [after Alençon, town in NW France, where orig. made] a needlepoint lace with a solid design on a net background …   English World dictionary

  • Alençon — /ann lahonn sawonn /; Eng. /euh len seuhn, son/, n. a city in and the capital of Orne, in NW France: lace manufacture. 34,666. * * * ▪ France       town, Orne département, Basse Normandie région, northwestern France. Alençon lies at the juncture… …   Universalium

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