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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LACINGS

Then, when it seemed that he must fall, the lacings of his helm burst.

The tags on lacings and the hooks for holding lacings are also enameled.

And only two hooks in all these lacings—the rest eyelets, eyelets.

On that side the lacings should run straight with the length of the belt.

They carried their boots strung about their necks by lacings.

With his knife Smoke cut away the lacings and leather of the moccasins.

This time she lazily wound the lacings around her ankles until she could be sure the creek was safely behind her.

Altogether, in his odd wrappings and lacings, he looked like a little mummy from the tombs of the Egyptian kings.

Up the spire, behind the lacings of stone, zig-zagging in and out of the carved tracings, squirms the fire.

He paused there and bent over, supposedly to adjust the lacings of his German boots.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., laz, "cord made of braided or interwoven strands of silk, etc.," from Old French laz "a net, noose, string, cord, snare" (Modern French lacs), from Vulgar Latin *lacium, from Latin laqueum (nominative laqueus) "noose, snare" (Italian laccio, Spanish lazo), a trapping and hunting term, probably from Italic base *laq- "to ensnare" (cf. Latin lacere "to entice"). Later also "net, noose, snare" (c.1300); "piece of cord used to draw together the edges of slits or openings in an article of clothing" (late 14c.). The "ornamental net pattern" meaning is first recorded 1550s. Sense of "cord for tying" remains in shoelace. As an adjective, lace-curtain "middle class" (or lower-class with middle-class pretensions) usually is used in reference to Irish-Americans, by 1928.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.