- The definition of lattice is a structure made from wood or metal pieces arranged in a criss-cross or diamond pattern with spaces in between.
A metal fence that is made up of pieces of metal arranged in criss-cross patterns with open air in between the pieces of metal is an example of lattice.
Lattice work atop a fence.
- an openwork structure of crossed strips or bars of wood, metal, etc. used as a screen, support, etc.
- something resembling or suggesting such a structure
- a door, gate, shutter, trellis, etc. formed of such a structure
- a three-dimensional pattern of points in space, as of atoms or groups of atoms in a solid or crystal
- space lattice
- the arrangement in a geometric pattern of fissionable and nonfissionable material in a nuclear reactor
Origin of latticeMiddle English latis ; from Old French lattis ; from latte ; from Middle High German ; from Old High German latta: see lath
- a. An open framework made of strips of metal, wood, or similar material overlapped or overlaid in a regular, usually crisscross pattern.b. A structure, such as a window, screen, or trellis, made of or containing such a framework.
- Something, such as a decorative motif or heraldic bearing, that resembles an open, patterned framework.
- Physics a. A regular, periodic configuration of points, particles, or objects throughout an area or a space, especially the arrangement of ions or molecules in a crystalline solid.b. The spatial arrangement of fissionable and nonfissionable materials in a nuclear reactor.
transitive verblat·ticed, lat·tic·ing, lat·tic·es
Origin of latticeMiddle English latis, from Old French lattis, from latte, lath, of Germanic origin .
- A flat panel constructed with widely-spaced crossed thin strips of wood or other material, commonly used as a garden trellis.
- (heraldry) A bearing with vertical and horizontal bands.
- (crystallography) a regular spacing or arrangement of geometric points, often decorated with a motif.
- (order theory) A partially ordered set in which every pair of elements has a unique supremum and an infimum.
- (group theory) A discrete subgroup of Rn which spans the real vector space Rn.
(third-person singular simple present lattices, present participle latticing, simple past and past participle latticed)
- To make a lattice of.
- to lattice timbers
- To close, as an opening, with latticework; to furnish with a lattice.
- to lattice a window
From Middle English latis, from Middle French lattis (“lathing”), from Old French lattis, from latte (“a lath”), from Frankish *latta (“a lath”), from Proto-Germanic *lattō(n), *laþþō(n), *laþēn (“lath, board”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)lat- (“beam, log”). Cognate with Old High German latta (German Latte, “lath”), Old English lætt (“lath”), Middle Low German lāde (“plank, counter, sales counter”), German Laden (“shop”). More at lath.