- a structure of crossed wooden or metal strips usually arranged to form a diagonal pattern of open spaces between the strips.
- a window, gate, or the like consisting of such a structure.
- Physics. the structure of fissionable and nonfissionable materials geometrically arranged within a nuclear reactor.
- Also called Bravais lattice, crystal lattice, space lattice. Crystallography. an arrangement in space of isolated points (lattice points) in a regular pattern, showing the positions of atoms, molecules, or ions in the structure of a crystal.
- Mathematics. a partially ordered set in which every subset containing exactly two elements has a greatest lower bound or intersection and a least upper bound or union.
Origin of lattice
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Examples from the Web for lattice
The fence, with the open squares in the lattice serving as solid notches, is perfect for resting and aiming a rifle.The Man Oswald First Tried to Kill Before JFK
Bill Minutaglio, Steven L. Davis
October 3, 2013
I love her lattice crust variation, and the addition of nutmeg sauce takes it to a whole other level.Fresh Picks
October 27, 2010
They say the ladder construct is out, lattice is in, for men and women.I Just Had a Baby, I'll Call You Back
Katty Kay, Claire Shipman
June 2, 2009
And as Lee went to the lattice, he could see others, like guards outside.The World Beyond
Raymond King Cummings
He flung him off, and sent him crashing into the rosebush and the lattice over which it rambled.The Sea-Hawk
Got it hung on the lattice in my arbor in the garden down home in Maryland.Mixed Faces
He attempted to shake the iron bars of the lattice—they were firm in their sockets.
The room had a storm-window, of which the lattice stood open.David Elginbrod
- Also called: latticework an open framework of strips of wood, metal, etc, arranged to form an ornamental pattern
- a gate, screen, etc, formed of such a framework
- (as modifier)a lattice window
- something, such as a decorative or heraldic device, resembling such a framework
- an array of objects or points in a periodic pattern in two or three dimensions, esp an array of atoms, ions, etc, in a crystal or an array of points indicating their positions in spaceSee also Bravais lattice
- to make, adorn, or supply with a lattice or lattices
Word Origin and History for lattice
c.1300, from Old French latiz "lattice," from late "lath, board, plank, batten" (Modern French latte), from Frankish or some other Germanic source, cf. Old High German latta "lath;" see lath).
- A set of points that, when joined together, form the geometric shape of a mineral crystal. The lattice of the mineral halite, for example, is in the shape of a cube. See more at crystal.