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

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lath transitive verb

Examples of lath in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Hot Property: Lakers star Anthony Davis hangs $8-million price tag on SoCal home," 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, "Hot Property: Lakers star Anthony Davis hangs $8-million price tag on SoCal home," 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, "Original TV ‘Hulk’ Lou Ferrigno sells longtime Santa Monica home," 14 Apr. 2020 Corbett, a general contractor, used lath left over from renovations at his 1906 farmhouse. Ryan Miller, USA TODAY, "On Easter, New York vet builds crosses in yard to honor every coronavirus victim in his county," 13 Apr. 2020 Over time the plaster separates from the lath, creating structural cracks. New York Times, "How to Fix Those Cracking, Crumbling Plaster Walls," 14 Mar. 2020 Aaron Benson’s scenic design is a beautiful and chaotic vision of decay: two towering tenements whose brick walls are stripped down to their wooden lath, with battered plaster that doubles as projection surfaces peeking between the bricks. cleveland, "‘Marisol’ at Cleveland Public Theatre is a poetic visit to a parallel universe," 11 Mar. 2020 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lath. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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 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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