lath definition

  • noun:
    • A thin strip of wood or metal, frequently nailed in rows to framing supports as a substructure for plaster, shingles, slates, or tiles.
    • A building material, particularly a sheet of material mesh, employed for similar reasons.
    • A quantity of laths; lathing.
    • Work made out of or from lath.
    • A thin, thin strip, fastened towards rafters, men, or floor beams of a building, for the intended purpose of promoting a covering of tiles, plastering, etc.
    • A thin, narrow strip of wood, nailed towards rafters, men, or floor beams of a building, for the intended purpose of supporting the tiles, plastering, etc. A corrugated metallic strip or plate can be made use of.
    • A thin slim strip of lumber, utilized in building to form the groundwork for a roof and for the plastering of walls and ceilings.
    • The bow-part of a crossbow.
    • See lathe.
    • In mining, among the sharpened planks driven before the excavation in sinking shafts in loose ground. See forepale, 2.
    • a narrow thin strip of wood used as backing for plaster or to make latticework
  • verb-transitive:
    • To build, cover, or range with laths.
    • to pay for or line with laths.
  • verb:
    • to pay for or line with laths.
  • others:
    • To cover or line with or as with laths.

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