Definition of lath in English:

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Pronunciation: /laTH/

noun (plural laths /laT͟Hz/ /laTHs/)

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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Most ceilings are held in position by the adherence of the plaster to wooden laths, which are nailed to joists above.
  • The arch, which frames the stage like a massive soccer goal, was made by master craftsmen using laths and plaster.
1.1Laths collectively as a building material, especially as a foundation for supporting plaster.
Example sentences
  • It's finished in the sense that there are paneled walls and not just exposed beams and studs and lath.
  • 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.
  • Other materials sold by the bundle include things like wooden stakes, lath and wooden shims.


[with object]
Cover (a wall or ceiling) with laths.


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

  • lattice from [Middle English]:

    A lattice is a structure made of laths and comes from Old French lattis, from lattelath’ (Old English), of Germanic origin. The ordered criss-cross pattern associated with the word has led to its application in many contexts, particularly in science.

Words that rhyme with lath

Barth, bath, garth, hearth, path

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Syllabification: lath

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