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,
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.Chaucer.
Let his lack of years be no impediment.Shak.
(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 ?Shak.
I think it lacks of twelve.
Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty.Gen. xvii. 28.