One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A thin flat strip of wood, especially one of a series forming a foundation for the plaster of a wall or the tiles of a roof, or made into a trellis or fence.
joist, purlin, girder, spar, support, strut, stay, brace, scantling, batten, transom, lintel, stringer, baulk, board, timber, plank, rafterView synonyms
- ‘Most ceilings are held in position by the adherence of the plaster to wooden laths, which are nailed to joists above.’
- ‘Pollen traps constructed from petroleum jelly on microscope slides were attached to vertical wooden laths facing the direction of the prevailing wind.’
- ‘Materials are carefully chosen to create a calm and welcoming atmosphere for instance, oiled oak floor and balustrades, white stained pine laths in ceilings.’
- ‘The arch, which frames the stage like a massive soccer goal, was made by master craftsmen using laths and plaster.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The laths occur in bundles or packets with low angle boundaries between the laths.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A grid of supple oak laths was laid flat, then gradually lowered over 15 weeks to its undulating form.’
- ‘I broke these wood laths over my knee and nailed them onto the cardboard to make a frame.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In the manner of handbows of the same period, early Western crossbows featured wood laths and long power strokes (compared to later examples.)’
- ‘The first thing you should do is cut three laths from a length of 3in x 1 ½ in timber.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 Laths collectively as a building material, especially as a foundation for supporting plaster.
beam, wooden beam, spar, pole, plank, batten, board, joist, rafterView synonyms
- ‘If you are nailing over a lath and plaster ceiling, longer nails may be needed.’
- ‘The roof of a one-time fine farmstead is falling in, a gable end collapsed, lath and plaster rotting - romantic?’
- ‘Fasten the corners of the gypsum lath or wallboard to the existing lath behind the plaster.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A ‘scratch coat’ of Portland cement and sand is then plastered onto the lath and allowed to dry.’
- ‘In these areas, the layers of plaster are pulling away from the underlying strips of wood lath which support it.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The wall insulation is subsequently covered with lath and plaster.’
- ‘Cut lath and plaster with a reciprocating saw fitted with a coarse, wood-cutting blade.’
- ‘First, a scratch coat is troweled onto the lath; the plaster oozes through the lath and grips the backing when it hardens.’
- ‘It's finished in the sense that there are paneled walls and not just exposed beams and studs and lath.’
- ‘Our choice would be to remove just the plaster and screw three-eighth-inch drywall directly onto the lath.’
- ‘Other materials sold by the bundle include things like wooden stakes, lath and wooden shims.’
Cover (a wall or ceiling) with laths.
Old English lætt, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch lat and German Latte, also to lattice.
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