Your grandmother's kitchen curtains might be made from lace, a delicate fabric with twists and loops forming patterns of holes.

Lace is often used for fancy dresses, special doilies and tablecloths, and decorative accents. You can also use the noun lace to describe the cord you tie your sneakers with, and the verb lace can mean twist or braid or intertwine: "The two friends lace their arms around each other and skip across the playground." Lace is surprisingly related to lasso, a loop of rope carried by a cowboy — both words are rooted in the Latin laqueus, "noose or snare."

Definitions of lace
  1. noun
    a cord that is drawn through eyelets or around hooks in order to draw together two edges (as of a shoe or garment)
    synonyms: lacing
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    a long lace for fastening boots
    shoe lace, shoe string, shoelace, shoestring
    a lace used for fastening shoes
    type of:
    a line made of twisted fibers or threads
  2. verb
    draw through eyes or holes
    lace the shoelaces”
    synonyms: lace up
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    lace again
    type of:
    bind, tie
    fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord
  3. verb
    spin, wind, or twist together
    synonyms: enlace, entwine, interlace, intertwine, twine
    make by twisting together or intertwining
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    undo what has been twined together
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    wind, wreathe
    form into a wreath
    interlace to form wattle
    plash, pleach
    interlace the shoots of
    knot, ravel, tangle
    tangle or complicate
    join by interweaving strands
    join during spinning
    type of:
    distort, twine, twist
    form into a spiral shape
  4. verb
    make by braiding or interlacing
    lace a tablecloth”
    synonyms: braid, plait
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    type of:
    tissue, weave
    create a piece of cloth by interlacing strands of fabric, such as wool or cotton
  5. noun
    a delicate decorative fabric woven in an open web of symmetrical patterns
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    Brussels lace
    fine lace with a raised or applique design
    lace having a square mesh
    a relatively coarse lace; made by weaving and knotting cords
    bobbin lace, pillow lace
    a handmade lace worked on a pillow with threads wound on bobbins; the pattern is marked out on the pillow by pins
    needlepoint, point lace
    lace worked with a needle in a buttonhole stitch on a paper pattern
    Valenciennes, Valenciennes lace
    a type of bobbin lace with floral patterns
    type of:
    cloth, fabric, material, textile
    artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
  6. verb
    do lacework
    “The Flemish women were lacing in front of the cathedral”
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    type of:
    tissue, weave
    create a piece of cloth by interlacing strands of fabric, such as wool or cotton
  7. verb
    add alcohol to (beverages)
    synonyms: fortify, spike
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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