lac·​ing ˈlā-siŋ How to pronounce lacing (audio)
: the action of one that laces
: something that laces : lace
: a contrasting marginal band of color (as on a feather)
: a dash of liquor in a food or beverage
: a trace or sprinkling that adds spice or flavor
: a decisive defeat

Example Sentences

stopped briefly to tighten the lacing on his shoe the lacing on the uniform gives it a smart look
Recent Examples on the Web Her powerful serve topped out at 116 miles per hour, and her lacing backhand painted the lines; Parry never figured out how to handle Townsend’s whipping forehand and could not reach the precise volleys. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, 18 Jan. 2023 Seven world records set at the Games were struck from the history books, and more than a dozen medals were stripped from athletes caught lacing on enhanced footwear. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 1 Nov. 2013 Nuyarn is an ingredient brand a la Gore-Tex fabric or BOA lacing systems. Scott Douglas, Outside Online, 4 Jan. 2023 And lastly, a breathable (yet strong) upper material and secure lacing add the proverbial cherry on top to the X2's elite performance. John Thompson, Men's Health, 30 Nov. 2022 The bold types will like how these combat boots stand out thanks to the imitation pearl studs along the lacing. Sarah Byron, Peoplemag, 28 Nov. 2022 Nuyarn is an ingredient brand, akin to Gore-Tex fabric or BOA lacing systems, rather than one that sells its own apparel. Scott Douglas, Outside Online, 14 Aug. 2022 This pair stands out for its easily adjustable bungee lacing system that makes getting the right fit and slipping them on and off a breeze. Grace Wu, Good Housekeeping, 14 Nov. 2022 This waterproof, full-grain leather and suede sneaker-boot is low key, classy, and easy to get into thanks to the faux front lacing with a reliable side zipper that’s easy to use with light gloves. Stephanie Pearson, Outside Online, 18 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lacing was in the 15th century

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“Lacing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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: the action of one that laces

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