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Lace, v. Also: lais, leice, lease. P.t. and p.p. lasit, -et, -ed, laissit, laiced; last, laist, lest, leist. [ME. lace (a 1225), lase, OF. lacier.]

1. tr. To fasten with a lace; to lace up (a garment); to lace (a helmet) on.(1) ?1438 Alex. i. 1146.
With spere in fewter … , Haubreik indoissit and weill laissit
a1500 Lanc. 2579.
One goith the scheildis, and the helmys last [: hast]
1564 St. A. Kirk. S. 218.
Nan of the thre personis com furth … quhill the deponar had laset hyr clathis
a1568 Bann. MS. 23 a/15.
At morrow or our claythis be laist
c1590 J. Stewart 24/355.
Kyng Sacripant, preparing to defend, Did leice his armet at this suddan sycht
(2) ?1438 Alex. ii. 1595.
His helm he can on lais
15.. Clar. v. 1121.
Upon his heid he did his helme on lace

b. To fasten the lace of, lace up (a person). 15.. Sym & Bruder 118.
Doun fra the leggis quhen he wes laist, He maid a peteous panting
a1605 Montg. Flyt. 483 (H).
They lay it [the child], they last it, they lowse it, they lease it

c. fig. a1500 Henr. Garmont Gude Ladeis 14.
Hir kirtill suld be of clene constance, Lasit with lesum lufe, The mailȝeis of continwance For nevir to remvfe
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 394.
Schir Gawyne … Illuminat vith lawte, and with lufe lasit
15.. Christis Kirk 150 (B).
Hir glitterand hair … So hard in lufe him lest [M. laist]
1603 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. II. 46.
Being sa leist of blude to him as thay war

2. To interlace, intertwine. 1579 Acts III. 150/1.
On the vther syde [of the coin] … ane I and ane R laissit with the figowr of 6 vndir thame

3. To trim with lace. 1583 Sc. Ant. I. 77.
A new cloke of Frenche tannye, lased … withe syllk
1610 Hist. Kinloss A. xi.
Sax peces of courtenes, all freinged and leased [pr. leafed] with gold
1668 Edinb. Test. LXXIII. 168 b.
Sevinth pair of head shits all lased throw
1681 Thanes of Cawdor 353.
For silk and galoun to the goun rochelay laiced, £1 8s. For making of the goun rochelay laiced, £4.

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