\ ˈlath also ˈlat͟h How to pronounce lath (audio) \
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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Examples of lath in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In homes built prior to about 1960, the interior walls and ceilings would likely be built with plaster and lath, which is much more difficult, messy, and expensive to cut into in order to run the ductwork. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Why Baseboard Heaters Are So Common in Old Homes," 7 Dec. 2019 Overhead, wisteria-laden laths shot through with light cast zebraic arrays of shadow, constantly shifting — another Killingsworth trademark that turns the house into a protean phenomenon. R. Daniel Foster, Los Angeles Times, "Take a rare look inside architect Edward Killingsworth’s Long Beach home," 18 Oct. 2019 The clear blue autumn sky was occluded by low ceilings and heavy beams; in places, early evening sunlight shone between the unplastered laths of the home’s interior walls, travelling from one room to the next. Geoff Manaugh, The New Yorker, "Witch Houses of the Hudson Valley," 31 Oct. 2019 Some older types of plaster and lath are all but impossible to drill through with anything other than a masonry bit. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Mount a Shelf on a Tile Wall," 6 Mar. 2013 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,, "6 decorating and life lessons learned in 2017," 18 Dec. 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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4 Jan 2020

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“Lath.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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.


\ 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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