from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An open framework made of strips of metal, wood, or similar material overlapped or overlaid in a regular, usually crisscross pattern.
- n. A structure, such as a window, screen, or trellis, made of or containing such a framework.
- n. Something, such as a decorative motif or heraldic bearing, that resembles an open, patterned framework.
- n. Physics A regular, periodic configuration of points, particles, or objects throughout an area or a space, especially the arrangement of ions or molecules in a crystalline solid.
- n. Physics The spatial arrangement of fissionable and nonfissionable materials in a nuclear reactor.
- transitive v. To construct or furnish with a lattice or latticework.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A flat panel constructed with widely-spaced crossed thin strips of wood or other material, commonly used as a garden trellis.
- n. a regular spacing or arrangement of geometric points, often decorated with a motif.
- n. A partially ordered set in which every pair of elements has a unique supremum and an infimum.
- n. A discrete subgroup of Rn which spans the real vector space Rn.
- v. To make a lattice of.
- v. To close, as an opening, with latticework; to furnish with a lattice.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any work of wood, metal, plastic, or other solid material, made by crossing a series of parallel laths, or thin strips, with another series at a diagonal angle, and forming a network with openings between the strips; ; -- called also latticework.
- n. The representation of a piece of latticework used as a bearing, the bands being vertical and horizontal.
- n. The arrangement of atoms or molecules in a crystal, represented as a repeating arrangement of points in space, each point representing the location of an atom or molecule; called also crystal lattice and space lattice.
- intransitive v. To make a lattice of.
- intransitive v. To close, as an opening, with latticework; to furnish with a lattice.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Work with open spaces formed by crossing, interlacing, or joining laths, bars, or rods of wood or metal.
- n. Anything made of or covered with strips interwoven so as to form a sortof network; specifically, a window, window-blind, or screen made of laths or strips which cross one another like network, so as to leave open interstices.
- n. In heraldry, a bearing representing a series of perpendicular and horizontal strips crossing one another over the field or a part of it.
- To furnish with a lattice.
- To give the form or appearance of a lattice to.
- n. In textile-manuf., an apron or a conveyer made of laths or slats, and designed to carry material into a machine or from one machine to another.
- n. In mathematics, a net made of straight lines, vertical and horizontal, and inclosing rectangular compartments.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an arrangement of points or particles or objects in a regular periodic pattern in 2 or 3 dimensions
- n. framework consisting of an ornamental design made of strips of wood or metal
- n. small opening (like a window in a door) through which business can be transacted
Middle English latis, from Old French lattis, from latte, lath, of Germanic origin .(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English latis, from Middle French lattis ("lathing"), from Old French lattis, from latte ("a lath"), from Frankish *latta (“a lath”), from Proto-Germanic *lattō(n), *laþþō(n), *laþēn (“lath, board”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)lat- (“beam, log”). Cognate with Old High German latta (German Latte, "lath"), Old English lætt ("lath"), Middle Low German lāde ("plank, counter, sales counter"), German Laden ("shop"). More at lath. (Wiktionary)