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lath

[lath, lahth]
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noun, plural laths [lath z, laths, lahth z, lahths] /læðz, læθs, lɑðz, lɑθs/.
  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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cover or line with laths.
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Origin of lath

before 1000; Middle English la(th)the; replacing Middle English latt, Old English lætt; cognate with German Latte, Dutch lat
Related formslath·like, adjective
Can be confusedlath lathe

lathe

[leyth]
noun
  1. 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.
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verb (used with object), lathed, lath·ing.
  1. to cut, shape, or otherwise treat on a lathe.
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Origin of lathe

1300–50; Middle English: frame, stand, lathe; compare Old Norse hlath stack (see lade), Danish -lad in væverlad weaver's batten, savelad saw bench
Can be confusedlath lathe
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Examples from the Web for lathed

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • It was lathed and plastered, and no air admitted, except what might come through the floor.

  • They are lathed with cane and plastered with mud from bottom to top, within and without, with a good covering of straw.


British Dictionary definitions for lathed

lath

noun plural laths (lɑːðz, lɑːθs)
  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
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verb
  1. (tr) to attach laths to (a ceiling, roof, floor, etc)
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Derived Formslathlike, adjective

Word Origin

Old English lætt; related to Dutch lat, Old High German latta

lathe1

noun
  1. 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
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verb
  1. (tr) to shape, bore, or cut a screw thread in or on (a workpiece) on a lathe
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Word Origin

perhaps C15 lath a support, of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Danish lad lathe, Old English hlæd heap

lathe2

noun
  1. British history any of the former administrative divisions of Kent
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Word Origin

Old English læth district
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Word Origin and History for lathed

lath

n.

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.

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lathe

n.

"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").

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