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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A smile of lath opened amid powdery fallout.
▪ He devised metal lath and corner trim long before it became standard.
▪ I found this lath back by far the most comfortable and remarkable, its size being ideal for my build.
▪ Long strips of ceiling lath sheared down into the rooms.
▪ Measure and mark the fabric to the length of the measurements taken, plus allowances for covering roller and lath.
▪ The laths can be marked and cut to length and then fitted as before.
▪ The woodwork has, no doubt, been replaced and is in the form of narrow laths.
▪ Thickness and bandsaw the back and arms, only rounding the fronts of the laths at this stage.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Lathe \Lathe\ (l[aum][th]), n. [AS. l[=ae][eth]. Of uncertain origin.] Formerly, a part or division of a county among the Anglo-Saxons. At present it consists of four or five hundreds, and is confined to the county of Kent. [Written also lath.]
--Brande & C.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 13c., probably from Old English *læððe, variant of lætt "lath," apparently from a Proto-Germanic *laþþo (cognates: 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.


n. A thin, narrow strip, fastened to the rafters, studs, or floor beams of a building, for the purpose of supporting a covering of tiles, plastering, etc. vb. To cover or line with laths.


n. a narrow thin strip of wood used as backing for plaster or to make latticework


A lath or slat is a thin, narrow strip of straight-grained wood used under roof shingles or tiles, on lath and plaster walls and ceilings to hold plaster, and in lattice and trellis work.

Lath has expanded to mean any type of backing material for plaster including a metal wire mesh or expanded metal that is applied to a wood or metal framework as matrix over which stucco or plaster is applied and wallboard products called gypsum or rock lath. Also reed mat was historically a lath material. One of the key elements of lath, whether wooden slats or wire mesh, are the openings or gaps that allow plaster or stucco to ooze behind and form a mechanical bond to the lath where gypsum lath relies more on a chemical bond.

Lath (horse)

Lath (foaled 1732) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse. He won at least four races, including a 1000 guinea sweepstakes at Newmarket and a match race against Squirt. After retiring from racing he became a stallion and produced a number of high class runners and also sired the grand-dam of St.Leger winner Hollandoise.

Lath (disambiguation)

A lath is a backing material for plaster that is applied to a wood or metal framework as matrix over which stucco or plaster is applied.

Lath may also refer to:

  • Lath, Rajkot, an Indian village
  • Lath (horse), a British racehorse
  • Lath Branch, a stream in Kansas
  • Lath, early alternative name of the Brahmi script as used in the Edicts of Ashoka

Usage examples of "lath".

I pulled out the medicine cabinet, peering down into the lathing behind it.

Emmanuel looked out, she had jumped away from the gunpowder, and was examining an enormous box enclosing a grandfather clock, the gilded facedecorated with three animated sailing ships on a sea of silverpeeping out behind the protective laths nailed over it.

Everything in sixteenths: land scape, spring, air, freedom, tufty trees, beautiful clouds, first butterflies, singing of birds, buzzing of insects, kitchen gardens bursting into green, musical lath fences.

He seized a roofing lath from one of the piles propped up on sawhorses, but did not strike out at Harras, who tense and unbarking was testing the strength of his chain.

Lath let loose with his automatic, raking the brushy edge of the clearing with a spray of bullets.

None of the internal walls had been lathed and plaistered let alone pannelled or wainscoted so that the naked brick was everywhere visible, except where it was obscured by hangings in the drawing-room.

Amsel, and she alone, whom he is permitted at this point to excerpt from the village idyl, for she is the mother of our plumpish Eduard Amsel, who in the course of the first to fourth morning shifts fished beanpoles, roofing laths, and heavy waterlogged rags from the rising Vistula and is now, like Walter Matern, about to be baptized.

When he looks down the terrace in front of him he sees a little to his left a solitary guest, a middle-aged gentleman sitting on a chair of iron laths at a little iron table with a bowl of lump sugar and three wasps on it, reading the Standard, with his umbrella up to defend him from the sun, which, in August and at less than an hour after noon, is toasting his protended insteps.

There was furthermore the unfinished space beyond, where one wrong step sent you into unknown territory where the flooring gave way to punky plaster and old lath.

The cottages, with their bulging walls of lath and earth and their mouldering thatched rooves, seemed to be trying to hide themselves in shame by slipping back into the muddy ground from which they were scarcely to be distinguished.

The beam of light illuminated the dusty laths, as well as an object made of rags and an old exercise scribbler like the kind children used in school when they learned to print.

But it lets me just so close, shuffling through the crackly wrack of lath and plaster universes, before I can feel it slinking off after the star again.

He lay in his unplastered room that night, and counted the laths in the moonlight, and built golden ladders out of them by which to climb up to the heaven of his desires.

In the 16th century bricks were increasingly used, but down to the Great Fire of London, in 1666, the smaller buildings, shops and dwelling-houses, were constructed of timber framework filled in with lath and plaster.

At any rate none of them were about, and the boy sprang up onto a barrel that was standing near the curbstone, and sat there drumming on the head with two pieces of lath and whistling a lively air.