lat·​tice | \ ˈla-təs How to pronounce lattice (audio) \

Definition of lattice

1a : a framework or structure of crossed wood or metal strips
b : a window, door, or gate having a lattice
c : a network or design resembling a lattice
2 : a regular geometrical arrangement of points or objects over an area or in space specifically : the arrangement of atoms in a crystal
3 : a mathematical set that has some elements ordered and that is such that for any two elements there exists a greatest element in the subset of all elements less than or equal to both and a least element in the subset of all elements greater than or equal to both

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Other Words from lattice

lattice transitive verb
latticed \ ˈla-​tist How to pronounce latticed (audio) \ adjective

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The 185-foot-tall, 27-ton metal lattice before them was a spire. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "A Friendship Turned to Rivalry. A Feud That Changed the New York Skyline.," 27 Mar. 2019 Scientists work around this problem by using thin sheets of light to illuminate cells with a piece of complex technology called a lattice light sheet microscope. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Mapped Entire Brains at Nanoscale For This Psychadelic Visualization," 18 Jan. 2019 His own peacock blue Madame De Pompadour paper appears in the master bedroom, while a Brunschwig & Fils yellow garden lattice print cheers up the guest room. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Miles Redd Designed His Parents’ Retirement Home," 21 Dec. 2018 The blue and white lattice pattern in this seat cushion mimics the diamond motif of the marble floor in this San Francisco house. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "10 Mudrooms That Are Actually The Opposite Of Embarrassing," 25 Oct. 2018 On January 12, a cotton sprout poked out of the lattice of a planter on the far side of the moon. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Seeds Have Sprouted on the Moon for the Very First Time," 15 Jan. 2019 That light-gathering blanket is mounted on a lattice structure built in orbit with 3D-printing. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Small Satellites Could 3D-Print Their Own Solar Arrays In Space," 9 Aug. 2018 The line’s Cellular carpets are based on the lattice work found on her Skein Cuff. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Zaha Hadid’s famous designs reimagined as 22 brightly colored rugs," 2 Oct. 2018 His team used three pairs of laser beams to trap and cool neutral (uncharged) cesium atoms to ultra-cold temperatures (a few degrees above absolute zero) in a 3D lattice with 125 positions (a 5×5×5 cube). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Penn State scientists build quantum version of Maxwell’s demon," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of lattice

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for lattice

Middle English latis, from Anglo-French latiz

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English Language Learners Definition of lattice

: a frame or structure made of crossed wood or metal strips


lat·​tice | \ ˈla-təs How to pronounce lattice (audio) \

Kids Definition of lattice

1 : a structure made of thin strips of wood or metal that cross each other
2 : a window or gate having a lattice


lat·​tice | \ ˈlat-əs How to pronounce lattice (audio) \

Medical Definition of lattice

: a regular geometrical arrangement of points or objects over an area or in space: as
a : the geometrical arrangement of atoms in a crystal

called also space lattice

b : a geometrical arrangement of fissionable material in a nuclear reactor

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