- any of the thin, narrow strips of wood used in lattices or nailed to two-by-fours, rafters, etc. as a foundation for plaster, tiles, etc.
- any foundation for plaster, as wire screening or expanded metal
- laths collectively, esp. when used as a base for plaster
Origin of lathMiddle English lathe ( from Old English an unverified form læthth, akin to Old High German latta) and latte ( from Old English lætt, akin to Old Norse latto)
- a. A thin strip of wood or metal, usually nailed in rows to framing supports as a substructure for plaster, shingles, slates, or tiles.b. A building material, such as a sheet of metal mesh, used for similar purposes.
- a. A quantity of laths; lathing.b. Work made with or from lath.
transitive verblathed, lath·ing, laths
Origin of lathMiddle English latthe probably alteration ( influenced by Welsh llath rod ) of Old English lætt
(third-person singular simple present laths, present participle lathing, simple past and past participle lathed)
Middle English laththe, earlier lathe, altered from Old English lÃ¦tt, from Proto-Germanic *laÃ¾Ã¾Å (cf. Dutch lat, German Latte) from Proto-Indo-European *(s)lat- (cf. Welsh llath 'rod, wand, yard').