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 lattice (audio) \ adjective

Examples of lattice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of Hertz's longtime decor dreams was a room with lattice walls. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Clary Bosbyshell Turns a Dark Tudor Home Into a Light, Bright Paradise for Self-Proclaimed Grandmillennial Emily Hertz," 12 Nov. 2020 There a 13-foot-tall, rusted lattice structure evokes the silhouette of Lady Liberty’s torch. New York Times, "Reimagining Lady Liberty’s Torch to Meet This Moment," 23 Oct. 2020 That’s because the Santa Cruz Mountains, with their steep terrain and history of drenching storms coming off the Pacific, were burned so badly and extensively that the lattice of roots and foliage that typically holds the ground in place is gone. Los Angeles Times, "‘These mountains could turn into jelly.’ Above Santa Cruz, residents fear devastating mudslides," 8 Dec. 2020 Behind the face, the metallic lattice provides support for the head’s structure. Popular Science, "Cobra 3D-printed its limited-edition putter with stainless steel," 1 Dec. 2020 For the first Design Miami, the late Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid created Elastika, a site-specific installation that draped an architectural lattice across all four floors of the Moore Building. Melissa Feldman, ELLE Decor, "For Design Miami 2020, the Show Must Go On," 1 Dec. 2020 Carefully lay strips, egg-washed side up, across top of tart to create a lattice. Jonathan Kauffman, WSJ, "A Torte So Delicious, It’s a Special Occasion," 22 Oct. 2020 For his first-ever Milan show, creative director Pier Paolo Piccioli chose a disused foundry as the backdrop for the lush, romantic collection in the fashion language of lattice and lace; floral detailing and bold prints; ruffles and fringe. Colleen Barry, Star Tribune, "Valentino closes Milan Fashion Week with lush live show," 27 Sep. 2020 The house has its charms, boasting lattice windows and a design palette of wood, brick and tile across a single story. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property: Dodgers star Mookie Betts swings on an Encino mansion," 21 Nov. 2020

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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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7 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Lattice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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