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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Synonyms for lacing


cable, cord, lace, line, rope, string, wire

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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

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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 The lacing, once fragile cotton, like shoelaces, is now made of an extruded polyvinyl chloride, which is more durable. Popular Mechanics, "The Evolution of the Football," 1 Feb. 2018 Over in the lacing section, another employee has decorated her space with several Patriots Super Bowl rally towels. Kalyn Kahler,, "The Super Bowl Is a Showcase for Ada, Ohio, the Town Where Footballs Are Born," 28 Jan. 2018 Gaga was in a black lace top and leggings with a full skirt and train, white rose in place and her hair swept into a fishtail braid with black lacing. CBS News, "Lady Gaga among stars wearing white roses on Grammys red carpet," 28 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of lacing

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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