- 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.
- to cover or line with laths.
Origin of lath
Examples from the Web for lath
The propeller has four blades which are but little wider than a lath.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
She was tall and slender as a lath, very compliant and demure.My Double Life
Don't you feel ashamed of keeping as thin as a lath when we are so fat; we who are only women?Abbe Mouret's Transgression
He's a reg'lar little ripper, sir, and as straight as a lath.
By pulling the string he could spring the lath, and then let it snap back to its place.The Teacher
- one of several thin narrow strips of wood used to provide a supporting framework for plaster, tiles, etc
- expanded sheet metal, wire mesh, etc, used to provide backing for plaster or rendering
- any thin strip of wood
- (tr) to attach laths to (a ceiling, roof, floor, etc)
Word Origin and History for lath
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.