Definition of lattice in English:


Syllabification: lat·tice
Pronunciation: /ˈlatis


  • 1A structure consisting of strips of wood or metal crossed and fastened together with square or diamond-shaped spaces left between, used typically as a screen or fence or as a support for climbing plants.
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    • Its five floors are linked by an old lift with a metal lattice door, clanked shut by an ageing attendant.
    • 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.
    • He designed and built the lattice fence himself, setting the stepped sections back slightly from the sidewalk to accommodate a planting strip.
  • 1.1An interlaced structure or pattern resembling this: the lattice of branches above her
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    • 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.
    • Soften capsicum in microwave and make a lattice pattern.
    • Seen by moonlight, the huge atrium garden was beautiful: White and pale blue, delicate lattices of frost on branches turned to glittering lace.
  • 1.2 Physics A regular repeated three-dimensional arrangement of atoms, ions, or molecules in a metal or other crystalline solid.
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    • Bizarrely, pushing the lattice closer together, while hindering electrons, nevertheless makes its easier for holes to move.
    • The attractive force experienced is easily sufficient to break the lattice structure that sodium chloride is normally encountered in.
    • 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.

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