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

Other Words from lattice

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

Examples of lattice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Spinning a dreidel made from blown glass or lattice-like paper might end in an instant loss. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 3 Dec. 2021 On a baking sheet, closely weave strips to make a 12-by-10-inch lattice. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 26 Nov. 2021 Instead of covering your precious stone fruit and berries with a time-intensive laborious lattice, opt for a press-in tart crust that’s crisp, light, sweet, and just as buttery. Antara Sinha, Bon Appétit, 23 Nov. 2021 When the balloon is deflated, the stent remains in place, propping open the artery like a lattice. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Nov. 2021 In small dimensions, lattice problems are easy for even ordinary computers to solve. Adrienne Bernhard, Popular Mechanics, 26 Oct. 2021 In the experiment, Ye’s team used an optical lattice clock, a cloud of 100,000 strontium atoms that can get tickled by a laser. Katie Mccormick, Quanta Magazine, 25 Oct. 2021 Residences also can feature distinct Modern Arabic elements, including ceiling murals, lattice screens and golden accents. Spencer Elliott, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2021 Isotruss is continuously tinkering with the design for different applications, but the basic concept is a repeating lattice of carbon fiber polymer forming an empty cylinder or square shape. Luke Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Nov. 2021

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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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19 Jan 2022

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“Lattice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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