expanded metal

noun
sheet metal slotted and stretched to make a stiff network with openings of various patterns, used for lathing, wastebaskets, and various decorative and semistructural applications.

Origin:
1885–90

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expanded metal
 
n
an open mesh of metal produced by stamping out alternating slots in a metal sheet and stretching it into an open pattern. It is used for reinforcing brittle or friable materials and in fencing

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Example sentences
Wood lath was gradually superseded by expanded metal lath introduced in the
  late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century.
The cage structure is made of expanded metal and is supported by brackets
  carried by legs which rest upon an outer annular plate.
Firm support can be obtained by using flat, expanded metal mesh to support the
  screen.
The blocks are commonly chalky in nature and may be held in place by chicken
  wire or expanded metal lath.
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