- 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
Related Words for lathgirder, scaffolding, joist, shaft, pillar, pole, plank, timber, sill, panel, fabricate, mold, enclose, erect, construct, strip, bail, bolster, stanchion
Examples from the Web for lath
Historical Examples of 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 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.