lattice

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noun lat·tice \ ˈla-təs \

Definition of lattice

1 a :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

lattice

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latticed

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Origin and Etymology of lattice

Middle English latis, from Anglo-French latiz

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LATTICE Defined for English Language Learners

lattice

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Definition of lattice for English Language Learners

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


LATTICE Defined for Kids

lattice

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noun lat·tice \ ˈla-təs \

Definition of lattice for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

lattice

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noun lat·tice \ ˈlat-əs \

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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