Definition of lattice in US English:



  • 1A structure consisting of strips of wood or metal crossed and fastened together with square or diamond-shaped spaces left between, used as a screen or fence or as a support for climbing plants.

    • ‘In this initial study, we primarily use two-dimensional square lattice structures.’
    • ‘A construction technique called ‘the woodpile’ which creates a diamond lattice, requires years to produce a workable structure.’
    • ‘The windows are narrow with diamond-shaped lead lattices.’
    • ‘It may be the most elegant and sophisticated wood yard in the world, but its three-dimensional lattice structure will work excellently as a timber seasoning device.’
    • ‘I simplified his design, but the principle was the same: the trellis - upright posts and a lattice grille - would support climbers such as roses and clematis.’
    • ‘He designed and built the lattice fence himself, setting the stepped sections back slightly from the sidewalk to accommodate a planting strip.’
    • ‘Atop the stairstep stucco fence, cedar lattice was added to heighten the enclosure.’
    • ‘One particularly attractive version uses solid boards for the lower four or five feet of the fence, then lattice for the upper one or two feet.’
    • ‘These types of vines can most easily grasp onto wires or thin lattice pieces that are spaced closely together.’
    • ‘Using nails or screws, connect the sides of the archways with wood or wire lattices from which the vines will grow.’
    • ‘The restaurant itself is interesting, with use being made of lattice wood to give a ‘Thai’ feel to the place.’
    • ‘Instead of planing any projecting edge of a face frame, you can build out the cabinet sides with strips of wood lattice or plywood before you install the door over the end panel.’
    • ‘Climbing up the lattice made Cerri dizzy, so as she climbed, she focused her thoughts on what she'd say to Alia to convince her to stay.’
    • ‘Grey bricks, some with dragon motifs, were surmounted by wooden screens, vivid lattice and slender doors.’
    • ‘Then we planted some climbing plants on the ground below the lattice.’
    • ‘The place was beautifully landscaped - flowers and plants grew up a lattice that created a sort of canopy above the path.’
    • ‘At the rear of each, Tom attached a lattice panel to support the rose canes, provide a backrest, and enclose the seat.’
    • ‘Its five floors are linked by an old lift with a metal lattice door, clanked shut by an ageing attendant.’
    • ‘Rooms overlooking the courtyard upstairs have widely spaced lattice woodwork to allow for cross ventilation with facing windows.’
    • ‘The windows were covered with a lattice of thick metal grilles, and the doors were of reinforced steel.’
    grid, latticework, fretwork, open framework, openwork, trellis, trelliswork, network, mesh, web, webbing, netting, net, tracery, interlacing, reticulation, reticulum, grate, grating, grille, grillwork, criss-cross, matrix
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    1. 1.1 An interlaced structure or pattern resembling a lattice.
      ‘the lattice of branches above her’
      • ‘Had you retained this lattice, the ceiling above would have required replastering, as the unsightly remedial works would have been visible through the grid.’
      • ‘There are three distinct patterns of floor tiles: separate white tiles framed in a lattice of black strips, white crosses on a black ground, and black crosses on a white ground.’
      • ‘Seen by moonlight, the huge atrium garden was beautiful: White and pale blue, delicate lattices of frost on branches turned to glittering lace.’
      • ‘The blue is criss-crossed with a lattice of delicate, dissipating vapour trails from the transatlantic jets passing overhead.’
      • ‘Working carefully - the dough is delicate - overlay the strips to form a lattice on top of the filling.’
      • ‘The lattice, with its entwined flowering twig pattern, was finished in pink, bronze, and green by brushing on copper-based colorants.’
      • ‘Soften capsicum in microwave and make a lattice pattern.’
      • ‘Rising above the 70th floor, up to 1,500 feet, is a proposed structure supported by a lattice of tension cables similar to those of the Brooklyn Bridge.’
      • ‘This glass could, in its molten state, be drawn and twisted into elaborate shapes; colored canes were sometimes inserted to create lacy lattices or millet ion patterns.’
      • ‘The new gold was burnished before the lattice pattern was inscribed and the punching executed using tools specially made to imitate the original ones.’
      • ‘Moorish archways and arabesque screens slip a lattice of shadows across the comings and goings in the lobby.’
      • ‘A neighbouring image presents a lattice of veins crisscrossing a pale leaf, web-like tendrils seemingly reaching into the world of the spider that rests in the image further along.’
      • ‘The lattice pattern on the front of her blouse, unlike Viola's, draws sensual attention to her bust line.’
      grid, latticework, fretwork, open framework, openwork, trellis, trelliswork, network, mesh, web, webbing, netting, net, tracery, interlacing, reticulation, reticulum, grate, grating, grille, grillwork, criss-cross, matrix
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    2. 1.2Physics A regular repeated three-dimensional arrangement of atoms, ions, or molecules in a metal or other crystalline solid.
      • ‘Bizarrely, pushing the lattice closer together, while hindering electrons, nevertheless makes its easier for holes to move.’
      • ‘A molecule is first placed at the center of a square lattice.’
      • ‘The attractive force experienced is easily sufficient to break the lattice structure that sodium chloride is normally encountered in.’
      • ‘These lattices join together into one of seven different crystal systems, each contributing to a crystal's unique qualities.’
      • ‘The copper forms a square lattice with an oxygen atom bridging each pair of copper atoms.’
      • ‘To get to it, imagine removing two-thirds of the carbon atoms and then collapsing the metal lattice, albeit in a complex way.’


Middle English: from Old French lattis, from latte ‘lath’, of Germanic origin.