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

Examples of lattice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web San Jacinto Mall demolished Brandi Plummer snapped photos as a large yellow excavator began tearing out chunks of tan bricks, steel lattice and corrugated metal from the former Sears store at San Jacinto Mall. Chris Shelton, Houston Chronicle, "Roundups: BJ’s Brewhouse planned in Humble," 14 July 2019 At the Chabad Jewish Center in Needham, the fire charred a section of the house’s vinyl siding and chewed a gash into the lattice below it. Deanna Pan,, "‘I can’t be naive anymore’: Targeted by arson fires, Mass. rabbis face anti-Semitism at home," 24 June 2019 Place an ice cube in hot water and the water molecules frozen in the ordered, crystalline lattice will break their bonds and disperse. Quanta Magazine, "Quantum Machine Appears to Defy Universe’s Push for Disorder," 20 Mar. 2019 Nearby, a plastic bar, carved as a lattice to shrink its weight, stretched across the ceiling, demonstrating how a 3D printer might eventually crank out rods for massive solar panels. Wired, "The Best Place to Make Undersea Cables Might Be ... in Space," 11 Sep. 2019 On the current generation of systems, the largest lattice that will fit in the processor is one that's a cube with eight magnets on a side. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "D-Wave’s quantum computer successfully models a quantum system," 16 July 2018 The larger particles arranged themselves into a crystal lattice as expected, but the smaller ones roamed freely throughout the structure. Quanta Magazine, "Strange Metal-like Bonds Discovered in Customized Crystals," 3 Sep. 2019 The chemical reduces the metallic form into a sheet, forming a lattice pattern. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Scientists just created the world's thinnest gold and it's two atoms thick," 6 Aug. 2019 Branching off that, there’s a dining room with custom molding and a family room with lattice windows. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Singer Michael Feinstein shaves nearly $4 million off price of historic Los Feliz mansion," 29 July 2019

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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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The first known use of lattice was in the 14th century

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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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