from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A thin strip of wood or metal, usually nailed in rows to framing supports as a substructure for plaster, shingles, slates, or tiles.
- n. A building material, such as a sheet of metal mesh, used for similar purposes.
- n. A quantity of laths; lathing.
- n. Work made with or from lath.
- transitive v. To build, cover, or line with laths.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A thin, narrow strip, fastened to the rafters, studs, or floor beams of a building, for the purpose of supporting a covering of tiles, plastering, etc.
- v. To cover or line with laths.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A thin, narrow strip of wood, nailed to the rafters, studs, or floor beams of a building, for the purpose of supporting the tiles, plastering, etc. A corrugated metallic strip or plate is sometimes used.
- transitive v. To cover or line with laths.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A thin narrow strip of wood, used in building to form the groundwork for a roof or for the plastering of walls and ceilings.
- n. The bow-part of a crossbow.
- To cover or line with or as with laths.
- n. See lathe.
- n. In mining, one of the sharpened planks driven in advance of the excavation in sinking shafts in loose ground. See forepale, 2.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a narrow thin strip of wood used as backing for plaster or to make latticework
Middle English latthe, probably alteration (influenced by Welsh llath, rod) of Old English lætt.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English laththe, earlier lathe, altered from Old English lætt, from Proto-Germanic *laþþō (cf. Dutch lat, German Latte) from Proto-Indo-European *(s)lat- (cf. Welsh llath 'rod, wand, yard'). (Wiktionary)