Brussels lace

Brussels 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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Brussels lace — is a type of pillow lace that originated in and around Brussels. Brussels. The Oxford English Dictionary . 2nd ed. 1989.] The term Brussels lace has been broadly used for any lace from Brussels, however the term strictly interpreted refers to… …   Wikipedia

  • Brussels lace — Brussels Brus sels, n. A city of Belgium, giving its name to a kind of carpet, a kind of lace, etc. [1913 Webster] {Brussels carpet}, a kind of carpet made of worsted yarn fixed in a foundation web of strong linen thread. The worsted, which alone …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brussels lace — n. [after BRUSSELS, where orig. made] 1. Historical a bobbin or needlepoint lace with a raised design 2. a machine made lace with an appliquéd design …   English World dictionary

  • Brussels lace — 1. a fine handmade lace in a floral pattern outlined with raised cordonnet, originally made in the area of Brussels. 2. a modern machine made net lace on which floral designs are appliquéd. [1740 50] * * *  lace made in Brussels from the second… …   Universalium

  • Brussels lace — Brus′sels lace′ n. 1) tex a fine handmade lace in a floral pattern outlined with raised cordonnet, orig. made in the area of Brussels 2) tex a modern machine made lace with appliquéd floral designs • Etymology: 1740–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • Brussels lace — variety of lace which is manufactured in Brussels …   English contemporary dictionary

  • brussels lace — /brʌsəlz ˈleɪs/ (say brusuhlz lays) noun any of various types of hand made lace both needle point and bobbin, produced in various parts of Belgium, notably in the 19th century; often with raised or appliqué design {originally from Brussels} …  

  • Brussels lace — noun an elaborate kind of lace, typically with a raised design …   English new terms dictionary

  • Brussels lace — n. an elaborate needlepoint or pillow lace …   Useful english dictionary

  • Brussels lace — noun Date: 1732 1. any of various fine needlepoint or bobbin laces with floral designs made originally in or near Brussels 2. a machine made net of hexagonal mesh …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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