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plural lats
: a broad, flat muscle of the middle and lower back : latissimus dorsi
usually plural
In centuries past, people did not act like captive hamsters. If a person chopped wood or ran a long way, it was because he or she needed fuel or wanted to get somewhere. Now we do such things to fit into new pants or develop our lats.Rick Telander


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abbreviation (2)

local apparent time

Examples of lat in a Sentence

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The right-hander has taken positive steps in his rehab from a right lat strain after his start on May 26 against the San Diego Padres. James O'Connell, New York Daily News, 2 July 2024 Every rep also works the chest, shoulders, and lats. Gabrielle Kassel, Health, 14 June 2024 Injuries, however, derailed much of Severino’s Yankees tenure, including in 2023, when a lat strain and an upper body ailment limited him to 19 appearances. Peter Sblendorio, New York Daily News, 14 June 2024 However, due to a lat strain, he has been temporarily shut down. Tyler Small, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for lat 

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Word History

First Known Use


1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lat was in 1939

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Cite this Entry

“Lat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


: latissimus dorsi
usually used in plural
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