\ ˈlat How to pronounce lat (audio) \
plural lats

Definition of lat

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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

Definition of lat (Entry 2 of 3)


Definition of LAT (Entry 3 of 3)

local apparent time

Examples of lat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Top pitching prospect Grayson Rodriguez, out until at least September with a right lat strain, is undergoing physical therapy in Sarasota, Florida. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 18 June 2022 Sandlin, recovering from a right lat injury in August, has yet to pitch in a Cactus League game this spring. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 28 Mar. 2022 Cueto last pitched April 14, then was sidelined by a strained right lat. Creg Stephenson |, al, 9 May 2021 Syndergaard’s 2017 campaign was derailed by a muscle tear in his right lat. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2021 Georgia’s Stetson Bennett started the last three games while JT Daniels recovers from a strained lat. Mark Heim |, al, 30 Oct. 2021 Knebel, who missed almost four months of the season because of a right-lat strain and hadn’t pitched in many high-leverage situations in September, struck out Harrison Bader with a sharp 81-mph curve to end the eighth with a runner on. Mike Digiovanna Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2021 The 32-year-old right-hander was coming off a 10-day layoff, skipping his previous turn in the rotation because of a right lat problem. Creg Stephenson |, al, 10 May 2021 Manager Brandon Hyde said reliever Hunter Harvey, who has missed the past two months with a right lat strain, will continue to be evaluated at Triple-A Norfolk. Nathan Ruiz,, 4 Sep. 2021 See More

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1939, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of lat

: latissimus dorsi usually used in plural


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