Definition of lath in English:


Pronunciation /laθ//lɑːθ/


  • 1A thin flat strip of wood, especially one of a series forming a foundation for the plaster of a wall.

    • ‘In the manner of handbows of the same period, early Western crossbows featured wood laths and long power strokes (compared to later examples.)’
    • ‘Pollen traps constructed from petroleum jelly on microscope slides were attached to vertical wooden laths facing the direction of the prevailing wind.’
    • ‘Porous woven ceilings under the tile roofs are made of local wood laths woven in the traditional way as they often are in fences and partitions.’
    • ‘A motorcycle and sidecar stood somewhat incongruously outside a yurt, a large domed tent constructed of sections of felt stitched over a framework of laths.’
    • ‘The first thing you should do is cut three laths from a length of 3in x 1 ½ in timber.’
    • ‘Most ceilings are held in position by the adherence of the plaster to wooden laths, which are nailed to joists above.’
    • ‘The laths occur in bundles or packets with low angle boundaries between the laths.’
    • ‘A grid of supple oak laths was laid flat, then gradually lowered over 15 weeks to its undulating form.’
    • ‘The shell consists of two double layers of 40 x 20 mm softwood laths at 400 mm centres pin-jointed together with more than 1000 bolts.’
    • ‘Materials are carefully chosen to create a calm and welcoming atmosphere for instance, oiled oak floor and balustrades, white stained pine laths in ceilings.’
    • ‘I broke these wood laths over my knee and nailed them onto the cardboard to make a frame.’
    • ‘That's the condition you will wish to duplicate, and this can be done with slatted frames made of furring strips on which laths are tacked one half inch apart.’
    • ‘The arch, which frames the stage like a massive soccer goal, was made by master craftsmen using laths and plaster.’
    • ‘An on-the-spot verification revealed that various construction materials like pipes, trusses, joists and ceiling laths were gathering rust on the ground in the project's campus.’
    • ‘The whole of this side is clad in larch laths, penetrated by entrance doors and strips of windows that reflect the arrangements of the individual families.’
    joist, purlin, girder, spar, support, strut, stay, brace, scantling, batten, transom, lintel, stringer, baulk, board, timber, plank, rafter
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    1. 1.1mass noun Laths collectively as a building material.
      as modifier ‘a lath and plaster wall’
      • ‘In these areas, the layers of plaster are pulling away from the underlying strips of wood lath which support it.’
      • ‘Cut lath and plaster with a reciprocating saw fitted with a coarse, wood-cutting blade.’
      • ‘A ‘scratch coat’ of Portland cement and sand is then plastered onto the lath and allowed to dry.’
      • ‘The lath-and-plaster technique involves constructing a frame with rebar and attaching diamond metal lath (the same lath used for plastering walls) with tie wire to the frame.’
      • ‘The wall insulation is subsequently covered with lath and plaster.’
      • ‘The roof of a one-time fine farmstead is falling in, a gable end collapsed, lath and plaster rotting - romantic?’
      • ‘Other materials sold by the bundle include things like wooden stakes, lath and wooden shims.’
      • ‘Our choice would be to remove just the plaster and screw three-eighth-inch drywall directly onto the lath.’
      • ‘Fasten the corners of the gypsum lath or wallboard to the existing lath behind the plaster.’
      • ‘It's finished in the sense that there are paneled walls and not just exposed beams and studs and lath.’
      • ‘If you are nailing over a lath and plaster ceiling, longer nails may be needed.’
      • ‘They tested four-person suites with an assortment of options, such as restored or new flooring, restored or replaced windows, and restored plaster and lath walls or new veneered plaster walls.’
      • ‘First, a scratch coat is troweled onto the lath; the plaster oozes through the lath and grips the backing when it hardens.’
      beam, wooden beam, spar, pole, plank, batten, board, joist, rafter
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[with object]
  • Cover with laths.


Old English lætt, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch lat and German Latte, also to lattice.