|chat, to converse|
|to chew (food) slowly and thoroughly.|
|—n , pl laths|
|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|
|4.||(tr) to attach laths to (a ceiling, roof, floor, etc)|
|[Old English lætt; related to Dutch lat, Old High German latta]|
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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