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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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 Meanwhile, baby Wes’ wooden cars lie scattered on Midcentury furniture and a creamy lattice shag rug. Spencer Elliott,, "Try Guys comic Ned Fulmer gives home renovation a whack," 13 July 2019 Check out the views from the steel lattice dome of the Central Library. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Downtown: Hotbed of past glories and future tech," 30 June 2019 The model is incredibly simple; the only measurement used is the length the lattice spacing represents. Leila Sloman, Scientific American, "Magnet and Neuron Model Also Predicts Arctic Sea Ice Melt," 24 July 2019 Another, with cranes and chrysanthemums against a bamboo lattice, looks like a Japanese fable filling a tattooed person’s back. Robert Taylor, The Mercury News, "Tattoo exhibits ready to leave their mark in San Francisco," 23 July 2019 Rather, the atomic lattice of each layer aligns with those above and below, which happens naturally when multilayer graphene is produced. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Trilayer graphene shows signs of superconductivity," 17 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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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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