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strip of wood
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lathe – machine for shaping material
n. pl. laths (lăthz, lăths)
a. A thin strip of wood or metal, usually nailed in rows to framing supports as a substructure for plaster, shingles, slates, or tiles.
b. A building material, such as a sheet of metal mesh, used for similar purposes.
a. A quantity of laths; lathing.
b. Work made with or from lath.
tr.v. lathed, lath·ing, laths
To build, cover, or line with laths.
[Middle English latthe, probably alteration (influenced by Welsh llath, rod) of Old English lætt.]
n, pl laths (lɑːðz; lɑːθs)
1. (Building) one of several thin narrow strips of wood used to provide a supporting framework for plaster, tiles, etc
2. (Building) expanded sheet metal, wire mesh, etc, used to provide backing for plaster or rendering
3. any thin strip of wood
(Building) (tr) to attach laths to (a ceiling, roof, floor, etc)
[Old English lætt; related to Dutch lat, Old High German latta]
n., pl. laths (latz, laths, lätz, läths).
1. a thin, narrow strip of wood, used to form latticework, a backing for plaster or stucco, a support for roofing materials, etc.
2. wire mesh or the like used in place of wooden laths as a backing for plasterwork.
[before 1000; Middle English la(th)the, Old English *læthth-, c. Old High German latta]
Past participle: lathed