lac·​ing | \ ˈlā-siŋ How to pronounce lacing (audio) \

Definition of lacing

1 : the action of one that laces
2 : something that laces : lace
3 : a contrasting marginal band of color (as on a feather)
4a : a dash of liquor in a food or beverage
b : a trace or sprinkling that adds spice or flavor
5 : a decisive defeat

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Examples of lacing in a Sentence

stopped briefly to tighten the lacing on his shoe the lacing on the uniform gives it a smart look
Recent Examples on the Web In between lacing models into corsets and assessing their latex tights, Quinn talked about his Spring collection. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Prints! Glamour! Brides! Richard Quinn Discusses the Making of His Spring 2020 Collection," 22 Sep. 2019 My heel stays in place, the wide lacing system and gusseted tongue comfortably cradle my midfoot, and the toe-box volume is just right, enough to prevent pinching and discomfort but not so much that lateral control is compromised. Andrew Skurka, Outside Online, "Long-Term Review: La Sportiva Bushido II," 2 Oct. 2019 My colleague David Fickling made the comparison to Johnson & Johnson’s handling of the crisis spurred by the death of seven people after a criminal lacing of its Tylenol painkiller. Washington Post, "Boeing and the FAA Already Lost Control of the Narrative," 14 Mar. 2019 In a display of costume-style designs, animal totems were the order of the day. Oversized fur headpieces, deer antlers and bear head sculptures merged with giant synthetic lacing and yeti-style fringed footwear with architectural metal heels. Washington Post, "Chanel’s new designer, Viard, unveils couture debut in Paris," 2 July 2019 Of course, changing the lacing can't solve every common running problem (things like shin splints and heel pain are generally better treated with orthotics inside the shoe and other methods, says Wachtel). Alexa Tucker, SELF, "6 Lacing Hacks to Make Your Running Shoes Way More Comfortable," 8 May 2019 While there’s no lacing technique that can correct for a shoe that really doesn't fit right, tweaks in the lacing can still make a major difference when your shoe is just a little off. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "6 Lacing Hacks to Make Your Running Shoes Way More Comfortable," 8 May 2019 Safe, effective footwear lacing must be taught by parents, teachers, mentors. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Grungy and Unkempt in the U.S.A.," 12 July 2018 Similar to Pharrell's previous riffs on the NMD, these sneakers have the standard sock-like upper and thick Boost sole, but switch things up with a unique minimal lacing structure. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "Pharrell's New Adidas NMD Hu "Holi" Sneakers Will Make You Want Tie-Dye Shoes," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of lacing

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Lacing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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