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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 of lathing
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
Historical Examples
  • All corners and angles should be framed solid and have two-inch projections for lathing.

    Convenient Houses Louis Henry Gibson
  • This inviting or "bidding" was usually called "lating" or "lathing;" from the A.-S.

    Lancashire Folk-lore John Harland
  • In at least one of the Oraibi kivas the plastering of the wall is laid on sticks that form a kind of lathing.

  • The outer walls of a stone house should always be firred off inside for lathing and plastering, to keep them thoroughly dry.

    Rural Architecture Lewis Falley Allen
  • This schoolhouse, even to the lathing, was made of black walnut that was sawed at a local mill.

    What and Where is God? Richard La Rue Swain
  • Wooden studding, furring, or lathing should not under any circumstances be placed against a chimney.

  • There will be no lathing, except occasionally on the ceilings; even this will not be necessary.

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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