(La"cing) n.

1. The act of securing, fastening, or tightening, with a lace or laces.

2. A lace; specifically (Mach.), a thong of thin leather for uniting the ends of belts.

3. A rope or line passing through eyelet holes in the edge of a sail or an awning to attach it to a yard, gaff, etc.

4. (Bridge Building) A system of bracing bars, not crossing each other in the middle, connecting the channel bars of a compound strut. Waddell.

(La*cin"i*a) n.; pl. L. Laciniæ [L., the lappet or flap of a garment.]

1. (Bot.) (a) One of the narrow, jagged, irregular pieces or divisions which form a sort of fringe on the borders of the petals of some flowers. (b) A narrow, slender portion of the edge of a monophyllous calyx, or of any irregularly incised leaf.

2. (Zoöl.) The posterior, inner process of the stipes on the maxillæ of insects.

(La*cin"i*ate La*cin"i*a"ted) a. [See Lacinia.]

1. Fringed; having a fringed border.

2. (Bot. & Zoöl.) Cut into deep, narrow, irregular lobes; slashed.

(La*cin"i*o*late) a. [See Lacinia.] (Bot.) Consisting of, or abounding in, very minute laciniæ.

(||La*cin"u*la) n.; pl. Lacinulæ E. Lacinulas [NL.] (Bot.) A diminutive lacinia.

(Lack) n. [OE. lak; cf. D. lak slander, laken to blame, OHG. lahan, AS. leán.]

1. Blame; cause of blame; fault; crime; offense. [Obs.] Chaucer.

2. Deficiency; want; need; destitution; failure; as, a lack of sufficient food.

She swooneth now and now for lakke of blood.

Let his lack of years be no impediment.

(Lack), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lacked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Lacking.]

1. To blame; to find fault with. [Obs.]

Love them and lakke them not.
Piers Plowman.

2. To be without or destitute of; to want; to need.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God.
James i. 5.

(Lack), v. i.

1. To be wanting; often, impersonally, with of, meaning, to be less than, short, not quite, etc.

What hour now ?
I think it lacks of twelve.

Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty.
Gen. xvii. 28.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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