[lath-ing, lah-thing]
Also called lathwork [lath-wurk, lahth-] , for defs 1, 2.

1535–45; lath + -ing1 Unabridged


[lath, lahth]
noun, plural laths [lathz, laths, lahthz, lahths] .
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.
a group or quantity of such strips.
work consisting of such strips.
wire mesh or the like used in place of wooden laths as a backing for plasterwork.
a thin, narrow, flat piece of wood used for any purpose.
verb (used with object)
to cover or line with laths.

before 1000; Middle English la(th)the; replacing Middle English latt, Old English lætt; cognate with German Latte, Dutch lat

lathlike, adjective

lath, lathe.


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.
to cut, shape, or otherwise treat on a lathe.

1300–50; Middle English: frame, stand, lathe; compare Old Norse hlath stack (see lade), Danish -lad in væverlad weaver's batten, savelad saw bench

lath, lathe. Unabridged
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lath (lɑːθ)
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]

lathe1 (leɪð)
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
2.  (tr) to shape, bore, or cut a screw thread in or on (a workpiece) on a lathe
[perhaps C15 lath a support, of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Danish lad lathe, Old English hlæd heap]

lathe2 (leɪð)
(Brit) history any of the former administrative divisions of Kent
[Old English læth district]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. *laððe, variant of lætt "lath," apparently from P.Gmc. *laþþo (cf. O.N. latta, M.Du., Ger. latte "lath," M.H.G. lade "plank," which is source of Ger. Laden "counter," hence, "shop").

"machine for turning," 1310, probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Dan. drejelad "turning-lathe," O.N. hlaða "pile of shavings under a lathe," related to hlaða "to load, lade.")
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Example sentences
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.
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