lath

noun
\ ˈlath How to pronounce lath (audio) 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

Other Words from lath

lath transitive verb

Examples of lath in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On ice, trailbreakers cut slots with chain saws and hammer the lath in with an ax. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Mar. 2022 Chemical analysis of the glass identified minerals only found in extraterrestrial rocks and minerals, such as cubanite, troilite, pyrrhotite lath, or calcium-aluminum-rich inclusions. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Nov. 2021 For something grand, something spectacular, head over to the Botanical Building with the Lily Pond dramatically reflecting its wood lath structure. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Aug. 2021 Houses as grimly identical as lath-and-plaster clones. Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2021 Tucked behind a white picket fence, the two-story house features lath and plaster walls, oak wood floors and picture windows that bring garden views inside. Los Angeles Times, 25 Apr. 2020 Tucked behind a white picket fence, the two-story house features lath and plaster walls, oak wood floors and picture windows that bring garden views inside. Los Angeles Times, 25 Apr. 2020 Tucked behind a white picket fence, the two-story house features lath and plaster walls, oak wood floors and picture windows that bring garden views inside. Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2020 Corbett, a general contractor, used lath left over from renovations at his 1906 farmhouse. Ryan Miller, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2020 See More

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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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“Lath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lath. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for lath

lath

noun
\ ˈlath How to pronounce lath (audio) \
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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