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1 Also known as gold lace or distinctive lace, the rings denoting rank worn on the sleeves of an officer's coat or on the shoulder-straps of tropical uniform and greatcoats.

2 As a verb, the act of attaching, in a sailing vessel, a sail to a gaff or boom by passing a rope or cord alternately through eyelet holes and round the spar. The rope or cord is known as a lacing. In square-rigged ships, a sail is laced to a yard, a bonnet to a course, and a drabler to a bonnet.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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