1. Of a plant: Entwined with a climbing plant.
1533 ELYOT Cast. Helth III. v. (1541) 60b, Lased sauerie. 1551 TURNER Herbal 90 We call in england sauery that hath doder growinge on it, laced sauery: and tyme that hath the same, laced tyme. 1555 EDEN Decades 200 The herbe which we caule lased sauery. 1640 PARKINSON Theat. Bot. 1740.
2. Of shoes, etc.: Made to be fastened or tightened with laces.
1676 WISEMAN Chirurg. Treat. I. xxiii. 124 A pair of laced Stockings. 1697 Lond. Gaz. No. 3275/4 One pair of new Laced Shooes. 1813 J. THOMSON Lect. Inflamm. 447 The laced stocking was much used, and is particularly recommended by Wiseman. 1874 T. HARDY Far from Madding Crowd viii, He wore breeches and the laced-up shoes called ankle-jacks.
3. Ornamented or trimmed with lace: a. with edgings, trimmings, or lappets of lace. b. with braids or cords of gold or silver lace.
a. 1668 DAVENANT Man’s the Master II. i. Wks. 1874 V. 23, I left your lac’d linen drying on a line. 1673 E. BROWN Trav. Germ., etc. (1677) 112 Two Feather-Beds, with a neat laced sheet spread over. 1720 Lond. Gaz. No. 5881/3 A fine Valencia grounded laced Suit of Night Clothes. 1765 H. WALPOLE Vertue’s Anecd. Paint. (1786) III. 221 They are commonly distinguished by the fashion of that time, laced cravats. 1873 R. BROUGHTON Nancy I. 82 Mother bends her laced and feathered head in distant signal from the table top.
b. 1665 BOYLE Occas. Refl. V. v. (1848) 314 A Lac’d, or an Imbroider’d suit..would, now..make a Man look..like..a player. 1786 F. BURNEY Diary 12 Aug., We met..such superfine men in laced liveries, that we attempted not to question them. 1841 CATLIN N. Amer. Indians (1844) II. lv. 198 His coat..was a laced frock.
4. Diversified with streaks of colour. Of birds: Having on the edge of the feathers a colour different from that of the general surface. Of a flower: Marked with streaks of colour.
1834 MUDIE Brit. Birds I. 74 The principal ones [fancy pigeons] are..the Jacobine, the Laced [etc.]. 1867 TEGETMEIER Pigeons xxiii. 177 Examples of very good laced Fan~tails. 1882 Garden 7 Oct. 312/2 The edged, tipped, or laced Dahlias require a good deal of shading. 1888 Poultry 27 July 377 Hen nicely laced on breast.
5. laced mutton (slang): a strumpet. Obs.
Mutton was used alone in the same sense. The adj. may mean ‘wearing a bodice’, possibly with a pun on the culinary sense LACE v. 8, though the latter is not recorded so early.
1578 WHETSTONE Prom. & Cass. I. iii. Biij, And I smealt, he lou’d lase mutton well. 1591 SHAKES. Two Gent. I. i. 102. 1599 N. BRETON Phisition’s Let., You may..eat of a little warm mutton, but take heede it be not Laced, for that is ill for a sicke body. 1607 R. C. tr. H. Stephen’s World of Wonders 167 The diuell take all those maried villains who are permitted to eate laced mutton their bellies full. 1694 MOTTEUX Rabelais iv. Prol. (1737) p. lxxxiii, With several coated Quails, and lac’d Mutton.
6. Of a beverage: Mixed with a small quantity of spirits. (But see quot. a1700; also 1687 in LACE v. 9.)
1677 WYCHERLEY Pl. Dealer III
. i, Prithee, captain, let’s go drink a dish of laced coffee, and talk of the times. a1700 B. E. Dict. Cant. Crew
, Lac’d Coffee
, Sugar’d. 1712 ADDISON Spect.
No. 317 39
Mr. Nisby of opinion that laced Coffee is bad for the Head. 1819 Anderson’s Cumberld. Ball.
108 Set on kettle, Let aw teake six cups o’ leac’d tea. 1886 Illustr. Lond. News
Summer No. 14/2 He took a sip at his laced coffee.
7. Of the spokes of a bicycle: Set so as to cross one another near the hub.
1885 Cyclist 19 Aug. 1107/2, 52in. Rudge bicycle No. 1, laced spokes.
8. laced stool: ? one made with a cane or rush seat, or one with a cloth seat stretched by cords.
1649 in Bury Wills (Camden) 212, I give vnto my daughter Anna..a greene chaire and foure laced stooles.
9. laced valley (Building): a valley between the slopes of two adjoining roofs in which the end tile of each row abuts against a tile-and-a-half tile laid diagonally on the valley board.
1931 C. G. DOBSON Roof Tiling iii. 39 No lead is required in a laced valley. 1947 R. GREENHALGH Mod. Building Construction II. 582/2 Other methods..give swept and laced valleys.
10. Comb., as laced-jacketed, -waistcoated adjs.
1748 RICHARDSON Clarissa Wks. 1883 VII. 495 A couple of brocaded or laced-waistcoated toupets. 1848 THACKERAY Van. Fair xlviii, The laced-jacketed band of the Life Guards.