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lathing

[lath-ing, lah-thing] /ˈlæθ ɪŋ, ˈlɑ θɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act or process of applying lath.
2.
a quantity of lath in place.
3.
material used as lath.
Also called lathwork
[lath-wurk, lahth-] /ˈlæθˌwɜrk, ˈlɑθ-/ (Show IPA),
for defs 1, 2.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; lath + -ing1

lath

[lath, lahth] /læθ, lɑθ/
noun, plural laths
[lath z, laths, lahth z, lahths] /læðz, læθs, lɑðz, lɑθs/ (Show IPA)
1.
a thin, narrow strip of wood, used with other strips to form latticework, a backing for plaster or stucco, a support for slates and other roofing materials, etc.
2.
a group or quantity of such strips.
3.
work consisting of such strips.
4.
wire mesh or the like used in place of wooden laths as a backing for plasterwork.
5.
a thin, narrow, flat piece of wood used for any purpose.
verb (used with object)
6.
to cover or line with laths.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English la(th)the; replacing Middle English latt, Old English lætt; cognate with German Latte, Dutch lat
Related forms
lathlike, adjective
Can be confused
lath, lathe.

lathe

[leyth] /leɪð/
noun
1.
a machine for use in working wood, metal, etc., that holds the material and rotates it about a horizontal axis against a tool that shapes it.
verb (used with object), lathed, lathing.
2.
to cut, shape, or otherwise treat on a lathe.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English: frame, stand, lathe; compare Old Norse hlath stack (see lade), Danish -lad in væverlad weaver's batten, savelad saw bench
Can be confused
lath, lathe.
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Examples from the web for lathing
  • Plaster work includes applying plain or ornamental plaster, including installation of lathing to receive plaster.
  • Lathers may be supervised by lather supervisors or independent lathing contractors.
  • Plastic curtains are used to contain metal dust from brake lathing and machining operations.
British Dictionary definitions for lathing

lath

/lɑːθ/
noun (pl) laths (lɑːðz; lɑːθs)
1.
one of several thin narrow strips of wood used to provide a supporting framework for plaster, tiles, etc
2.
expanded sheet metal, wire mesh, etc, used to provide backing for plaster or rendering
3.
any thin strip of wood
verb
4.
(transitive) to attach laths to (a ceiling, roof, floor, etc)
Derived Forms
lathlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English lætt; related to Dutch lat, Old High German latta

lathe1

/leɪð/
noun
1.
a machine for shaping, boring, facing, or cutting a screw thread in metal, wood, etc, in which the workpiece is turned about a horizontal axis against a fixed tool
verb
2.
(transitive) to shape, bore, or cut a screw thread in or on (a workpiece) on a lathe
Word Origin
perhaps C15 lath a support, of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Danish lad lathe, Old English hlæd heap

lathe2

/leɪð/
noun
1.
(Brit, history) any of the former administrative divisions of Kent
Word Origin
Old English læth district
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Word Origin and History for lathing

lath

n.

late 13c., probably from Old English *læððe, variant of lætt "lath," apparently from a Proto-Germanic *laþþo (cf. Old Saxon, Old Norse latta, Middle Dutch, German latte "lath," Dutch lat, Middle High German lade "plank," which is source of German Laden "counter," hence, "shop"). As a verb, 1530s, from the noun.

lathe

n.

"machine for turning," early 14c., of uncertain origin, probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish drejelad "turning-lathe," Old Norse hlaða "pile of shavings under a lathe," related to hlaða "to load, lade").

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Encyclopedia Article for lathing

lath

any material fastened to the structural members of a building to provide a base for plaster. Lath can be of wood, metal, gypsum, or insulated board. In older residential buildings, narrow wood strips were generally used.

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