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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Windows are shaded with traditional mashrabiya window lattices, door handles are made to resemble oryx horns, and sand dune patterns appear in carpets, textiles, and light fixtures. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Doha Is Much More Than a Stopover Destination," 4 June 2019 The main attraction is a tower reached by climbing a lattice of ropes, which frustrated parents have complained entraps any child who is not a Marine recruit. Joe Soucheray, Twin Cities, "Soucheray: A plan for 2040? How ’bout let’s start with 2019," 29 June 2019 The figure depicts what two layers of carbon atoms might look like when arranged in a hexagonal lattice. Quanta Magazine, "When Magic Is Seen in Twisted Graphene, That’s a Moiré," 20 June 2019 The defect arises when a nitrogen atom replaces a carbon atom in the gem’s crystalline structure, leaving a vacancy in the crystal lattice adjacent to the nitrogen atom. Anil Ananthaswamy, Scientific American, "The Quantum Internet Is Emerging, One Experiment at a Time," 19 June 2019 Set the remaining 6 strips on top of the first to form a lattice. Jean Kressy,, "Recipe: Native strawberries and rhubarb bake together in this old-fashioned New England pie," 10 June 2019 Superionic materials are dual beasts, part solid and part liquid, that on a microscopic level consist of a crystal lattice permeated by free floating atomic nuclei that can carry electrical charge. National Geographic, "Bizarre form of hot ice seen on Earth," 8 May 2019 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

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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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