\ 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 Cueto exited with a tight lat in the sixth inning, signaling to the dugout after striking out Nick Castellanos with a 93-mph fastball. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Reds shut down by Johnny Cueto, end road trip with loss to San Francisco Giants," 14 Apr. 2021 The reliever missed 21 games with a right lat strain. Joe Stiglich, Star Tribune, "Yastrzemski homers on 30th birthday, Giants beat D'backs 6-1," 23 Aug. 2020 Briefly: Left-hander Joely Rodriguez suffered a strain lat muscle while throwing on his own in April and is not expected to be ready for the start of the season. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Rangers plan to sell tickets for games at Globe Life Field, but it’s uncertain if they’ll be able to honor it," 24 June 2020 Sport seats designed exclusively for the ML55 are also terrific for both short max-lat trips and leisurely long hauls alike. Bradley Nevin, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2000 Mercedes-Benz ML55 Brings AMG into the SUV Fold," 3 June 2020 The point isn't that this will replicate exactly lunges with kettlebells in your hands or a lat pull-down machine. Matt Jancer, Wired, "Separated from Your Barbells? Try Wearing Your Weights," 31 May 2020 That includes your pectorals (chest), lats (the broad muscle on the sides of your mid-back), triceps, and the muscles around the shoulder blades. Isadora Baum, SELF, "7 Foam Rolling Mistakes You Should Avoid," 16 Mar. 2019 Holding this position, pull the elbows down by your sides to form a W with your upper body, engaging your lats. Mallory Creveling,, "The Best Bodyweight Exercises You Can Do at Home," 15 Apr. 2020 That's because strengthening your back muscles—think your lats, rhomboids, and traps—help improve muscle imbalances and posture. Christa Sgobba, SELF, "You Need This Dumbbell Back Workout If You've Been Sitting All Day," 3 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of lat


1939, in the meaning defined above

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18 Apr 2021

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“Lat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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Medical Definition of lat

: latissimus dorsi usually used in plural

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