Dictionary: LACE'-MAN – LACK'ER, or LAC'QUER

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A man who deals in lace. – Addison.

LAC'ER-A-BLE, a. [See Lacerate.]

That may be torn. – Harvey.

LAC'ER-ATE, or LAC'ER-A-TED, pp. [or a.]

  1. Rent; torn.
  2. In botany, having the edge variously cut into irregular segments; as, a lacerated leaf. – Martyn.

LAC'ER-ATE, v.t. [L. lacero, to tear.]

To tear; to rend; to separate a substance by violence or tearing; as, to lacerate the flesh. It is applied chiefly to the flesh, or figuratively to the heart. But sometimes it is applied to the political or civil divisions in a state.


The act of tearing or rending; the breach made by rending. – Arbuthnot.


Tearing; having the power to tear; as, lacerative humors. – Harvey.

LAC'ERT-INE, a. [L. lacertus.]

Like a lizard. – Journ. of Science.


The girrock, a fish of the gar-fish kind; also, the lizard-fish. – Dict. Nat. Hist. Cyc.


Having wings like lace.


A woman who makes or sells lace.

LACHE, or LACH'ES, n. [Norm. Fr. lachesse, from lache; L. laxus, lax, slow.]

In law, neglect; negligence.


Lamentable. – Morley.

LACH'RY-MAL, a. [Fr. from L. lachryma, a tear.]

  1. Generating or secreting tears; as, the lachrymal gland.
  2. Pertaining to tears; conveying tears.


Containing tears. – Addison.


The act of shedding tears.

LACH'RY-MA-TO-RY, n. [Fr. lachrymatoire.]

A vessel found in sepulchers of the ancients, in which it has been supposed the tears of a deceased person's friends were collected and preserved with the ashes and urn. It was a small glass or bottle like a phial. – Encyc.


Generating or shedding leaves.

LAC-ING, ppr.

Fastening with a string; adorning or trimming with lace.

LA-CIN'I-ATE, or LA-CIN'I-A-TED, a. [L. lacinia, a hem.]

  1. Adorned with fringes.
  2. In botany, jagged. – Martyn.

LACK, n.

Want; destitution; need; failure. He that gathered little, had no lack. Ex. xvi. Lack of rupees is one hundred thousand rupees, which at 55 cents each, amount to fifty-five thousand dollars, or at 2s. 6d. sterling, to £12,500.

LACK, v.i.

  1. To be in want. The young lions do lack and suffer hunger. – Ps. xxxiv.
  2. To be wanting. Perhaps there shall lack five of the fifty righteous. Gen. xviii.

LACK, v.t. [D. leeg, empty; leegen, to empty; Dan. lak, a fault; lakker, to decline or wear away; Goth. ufligan, to lack or fail; L. deliquium, which seems to be connected with linquo, to leave, to faint, and with liquo, to melt, liquid, &c.]

  1. To want; to be destitute of; not to have or possess. If any of you lack wisdom let him ask it of God. James i.
  2. To blame. [Not in use.] – Chaucer.

LACK-A-DAY, exclam.

Of sorrow or regret; alas.


One that wants brains, or is deficient in understanding. – Shak.

LACK'ER, or LAC'QUER, n. [Fr. laque.]

A kind of varnish. The basis of lackers is a solution of the substance called lac, in spirit of wine or alcohol. Varnishes applied to metals improve their color and preserve them from tarnishing. Encyc. Cyc. Lackers consist of different resins in a state of solution, of which the most common are mastic, sandarach, lac, benzoin, copal, amber, and asphalt. The menstrua are either expressed or essential oils, or spirit of wine. – Nicholson.