lat·​tice | \ˈla-təs \

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 \ adjective

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His team used three pairs of laser beams to trap and cool neutral (uncharged) cesium atoms to ultra-cold temperatures (a few degrees above absolute zero) in a 3D lattice with 125 positions (a 5×5×5 cube). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Penn State scientists build quantum version of Maxwell’s demon," 12 Sep. 2018 Then came the lattice-like hoops, put on over each other’s heads. Ruth Sowby Rands,, "On the Town: Women’s Council donates $20,000 to USC Verdugo Hills Hospital," 19 June 2018 Hotel Yan Beyond an untidy metal lattice exterior is a surprisingly on-point lobby that resembles a hip coworking space, with long tables and workbenches, a cafe-bar and mod chandeliers. Audrey Phoon, Condé Nast Traveler, "25 Best Hotels in Singapore," 28 Feb. 2018 The lattice is on a diagonal, so there are no sharp corners, and it's not broken up by other design elements. Barbara King, House Beautiful, "Cathy Kincaid on Decorating a Traditional Dallas House," 24 Mar. 2015 In their shack at the bottom of a hill in Balukhali refugee camp, a crude lattice of bamboo poles held up a roof made of cardboard strips and sheets of plastic. Shashank Bengali,, "Worldwide, 1 in 110 people is displaced from home. Here's what life is like for some of them," 19 June 2018 Squid’s chewy texture is mitigated by a careful lattice of shallow cuts, its flavor accented with a touch of tobiko and shiso. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "No-frills Sushi Nakano one of the best casual sushi restaurants in Phoenix," 10 July 2018 Roll out second round of crust and cut into strips to weave a lattice, or roll into a circle and drape over the top, sealing together with the bottom round of dough. Chelsea Zwieg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Some fantastic pies to make for Pi Day - 3/14," 13 Mar. 2018 Wooden lattice windows made of thin wooden beams in a grid pattern create a lace effect that is in perfect harmony with the elegant 'maiko' (apprentice geisha) dancers, who can often be seen taking a stroll through the area. Scott Gilman, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Japan," 5 Oct. 2016

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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 \

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 \

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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