brussels lace


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Lace \Lace\ (l[=a]s), n. [OE. las, OF. laz, F. lacs, dim. lacet,
   fr. L. laqueus noose, snare; prob. akin to lacere to entice.
   Cf. Delight, Elicit, Lasso, Latchet.]
   1. That which binds or holds, especially by being interwoven;
      a string, cord, or band, usually one passing through
      eyelet or other holes, and used in drawing and holding
      together parts of a garment, of a shoe, of a machine belt,
      etc.
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            His hat hung at his back down by a lace. --Chaucer.
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            For striving more, the more in laces strong
            Himself he tied.                      --Spenser.
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   2. A snare or gin, especially one made of interwoven cords; a
      net. [Obs.] --Fairfax.
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            Vulcanus had caught thee [Venus] in his lace.
                                                  --Chaucer.
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   3. A fabric of fine threads of linen, silk, cotton, etc.,
      often ornamented with figures; a delicate tissue of
      thread, much worn as an ornament of dress.
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            Our English dames are much given to the wearing of
            costly laces.                         --Bacon.
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   4. Spirits added to coffee or some other beverage. [Old
      Slang] --Addison.
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   Alen[,c]on lace, a kind of point lace, entirely of
      needlework, first made at Alen[,c]on in France, in the
      17th century. It is very durable and of great beauty and
      cost.

   Bone lace, Brussels lace, etc. See under Bone,
      Brussels, etc.

   Gold lace, or Silver lace, lace having warp threads of
      silk, or silk and cotton, and a weft of silk threads
      covered with gold (or silver), or with gilt.

   Lace leather, thin, oil-tanned leather suitable for cutting
      into lacings for machine belts.

   Lace lizard (Zool.), a large, aquatic, Australian lizard
      (Hydrosaurus giganteus), allied to the monitors.

   Lace paper, paper with an openwork design in imitation of
      lace.

   Lace piece (Shipbuilding), the main piece of timber which
      supports the beak or head projecting beyond the stem of a
      ship.

   Lace pillow, and Pillow lace. See under Pillow.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Brussels \Brussels\ prop. n. (Geography)
   The capital city of Belgium. Population (2000) = 949,070
   (metro). It has given its name to a kind of carpet, a kind of
   lace, etc.
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   Brussels carpet, a kind of carpet made of worsted yarn
      fixed in a foundation web of strong linen thread. The
      worsted, which alone shows on the upper surface in drawn
      up in loops to form the pattern.

   Brussels ground, a name given to the handmade ground of
      real Brussels lace. It is very costly because of the
      extreme fineness of the threads.

   Brussels lace, an expensive kind of lace of several
      varieties, originally made in Brussels; as, Brussels
      point, Brussels ground, Brussels wire ground.

   Brussels net, an imitation of Brussels ground, made by
      machinery.

   Brussels point. See Point lace.

   Brussels sprouts (Bot.), a plant of the Cabbage family,
      which produces, in the axils of the upright stem, numerous
      small green heads, or "sprouts," each a cabbage in
      miniature, of one or two inches in diameter; the
      thousand-headed cabbage.

   Brussels wire ground, a ground for lace, made of silk, with
      meshes partly straight and partly arched.
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