lath

noun
\ˈlath also ˈlat͟h \
plural laths or lath

Definition of lath 

1 : a thin narrow strip of wood nailed to rafters, joists, or studding as a groundwork for slates, tiles, or plaster

2 : a building material in sheets used as a base for plaster

3 : a quantity of laths

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Other Words from lath

lath transitive verb

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The Glass House Photo by Michael Biondo courtesy The Glass House Time-lapse video: Framing, lath, and mesh installation. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "A Glass House renovation," 10 Apr. 2018 Painted on the lath-and-plaster wall were two murals of unknown vintage. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "The artist behind Boise High’s Indian brave painting is now unmasked. Thanks, Mom.," 28 Jan. 2018 In an older home (pre-1960), the walls may be be built with plaster and lath, which is much more difficult and too costly to navigate around, compared to drywall. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Why Baseboard Heaters Are So Common in Old Homes," 22 Jan. 2018 In the master bedroom, Hebert and Woehrmann filled five trash bags with original lath pieces removed from inside the walls. Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "6 decorating and life lessons learned in 2017," 18 Dec. 2017 Katherine Jones kjones@idahostatesman.com Work on The Sturiale Place revealed the original lath-and-plaster of the 1893 home. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "The Sturiale Place, a relocated 1893 home, is a new Italian-inspired cafe in Boise," 14 Apr. 2017 Katherine Jones kjones@idahostatesman.com Work on The Sturiale Place revealed the original lath-and-plaster of the 1893 home. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "The Sturiale Place, a relocated 1893 home, is a new Italian-inspired cafe in Boise," 14 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of lath

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lath

Middle English, from Old English *læthth-; akin to Old High German latta lath, Welsh llath yard

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The first known use of lath was in the 13th century

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lath

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lath

: a long and thin piece of wood that is used in walls and ceilings to support plaster, tiles, etc.

lath

noun
\ˈlath \
plural laths\ˈlat͟hz, ˈlaths \

Kids Definition of lath

: a thin strip of wood used (as in a wall) as a base for plaster

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