laths

lath

[lath, lahth]
noun, plural laths [lathz, laths, lahthz, lahths] .
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

lathlike, adjective

lath, lathe.
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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
 
vb
4.  (tr) to attach laths to (a ceiling, roof, floor, etc)
 
[Old English lætt; related to Dutch lat, Old High German latta]
 
'lathlike
 
adj

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lath
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").
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