shoe·​lace | \ ˈshü-ˌlās How to pronounce shoelace (audio) \

Definition of shoelace

: a lace or string for fastening a shoe

Examples of shoelace in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Velcro shoes were popular in the 1980s, but since then most people have returned to old-fashioned shoelaces—and their major annoyance: always becoming untied. David Grimm, Science | AAAS, "Our favorite science news stories of the decade," 20 Dec. 2019 Dangling shoelaces, fringed toddler skirts, and ribbons tend to trip up the smartest robot vacuum. Adrienne So, Wired, "How to Get the Most Out of (or Into) Your Robot Vacuum," 28 Dec. 2019 Getting dressed in the morning and tying my shoelaces became an entirely new type of challenge. T.l. Andrews, Quartz, "More people are dying alone—and the global economy isn’t prepared for it," 21 Dec. 2019 According to the court documents, the mother admitted that James also would tie the children's feet and hands with his shoelaces and ties to limit their movement. Ayano Nagaishi, azcentral, "Phoenix father arrested on suspicion of abusing wife and kids with belts and cords," 22 Oct. 2019 To prevent loss of information, these tips have protective caps known as telomeres, often likened to the plastic tips at the ends of shoelaces. William Mair, Twin Cities, "William Mair: Five myths about aging," 24 Sep. 2019 Wendy Collins Smith took a picture of the heartwarming moment the 10-year-old child, only ID'd as Josh, hopped into a Fourth of July parade to tie the shoelaces of the honor guard member from the Arlington Police Department. Doug Criss And Gianluca Mezzofiore, CNN, "An honor guard member's shoelaces became untied during a parade. Then this 10-year-old boy leaped into action," 8 July 2019 Defensive end Olivier Vernon’s dive at Jackson’s feet might’ve touched a shoelace, but no more. Jonas Shaffer,, "Ravens film study: Lamar Jackson creates problems for every run defense. Is New England’s up to speed?," 30 Oct. 2019 Maybe those Wolverines should have untied HIS shoelaces. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop Ten: 12-2-19," 1 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of shoelace

circa 1647, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shoelace was circa 1647

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19 Jan 2020

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“Shoelace.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of shoelace

: a long, thin material like a string that is used for fastening a shoe


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Kids Definition of shoelace

: a lace or string for fastening a shoe

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