lace·​work ˈlās-ˌwərk How to pronounce lacework (audio)
: objects or patterns consisting of or resembling lace

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The carp’s skeleton is composed of an intricate lacework of intermuscular bones that branch off in a Y shape deep inside the flesh of the fish, creating a vexing puzzle for a fillet knife. Peter Kendall, Washington Post, 22 June 2022 Does the snowflake’s delicate lacework represent deference or defiance? Washington Post, 5 Feb. 2022 Depending on the time of day, visitors may see shadows from the lacework cast onto the hallway floor. Alicia Eler, Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 Glitter may have been her outfit’s focal point, but Parker added in a touch of lacework via a monogrammed face covering from MasQd. Vogue, 24 Sep. 2020 Driving alone, Schmidgall worked her way downhill on a lacework of Forest Service roads before reaching Oregon 22 and turning towards Detroit. Jake Thomas, oregonlive, 18 Sep. 2020 In southern Louisiana, the fragmented land is marked with bayous and swamps, looking like Earth’s lacework from the air. National Geographic, 20 May 2020 Watching the Jarret family movies, I am captivated by the sharp, eerie lacework of the places where the film itself has eroded. Leslie Jamison, The New York Review of Books, 29 Apr. 2020 On top goes a lacework of thick, chewy quesillo, pulling like mozzarella, and shreds of cabbage, tomato and wedges of avocado. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1675, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lacework was in 1675

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Cite this Entry

“Lacework.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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Last Updated: 18 Jul 2022

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