- 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
- 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.
- to cut, shape, or otherwise treat on a lathe.
Origin of lathe
Examples from the Web for lathed
At times the logs are clapboarded without, and are all lathed and plastered within.Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska
Charles Warren Stoddard
They found a side doorway of one structure wide open, and stepped into a lathed but unplastered hallway.The Mystery at Putnam Hall
Arthur M. Winfield
Its walls were lathed but not plastered, and from our apartment we had an extended view of the entire floor.The World As I Have Found It
Mary L. Day Arms
It was lathed and plastered, and no air admitted, except what might come through the floor.Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained
They are lathed with cane and plastered with mud from bottom to top, within and without, with a good covering of straw.Archeological Investigations
- 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)
- 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
- (tr) to shape, bore, or cut a screw thread in or on (a workpiece) on a lathe
- British history any of the former administrative divisions of Kent
Word Origin and History for lathed
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.
"machine for turning," early 14c., of uncertain origin, probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish drejelad "turning-lathe," Old Norse hlaða "pile of shavings under a lathe," related to hlaða "to load, lade").