lath / la[unvoicedth]/ •
n. (pl. laths / la[voicedth]z; la[unvoicedth]s/ ) a thin flat strip of wood, esp. 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. ∎ laths collectively as a building material, esp. as a foundation for supporting plaster.•
v. [tr.] cover (a wall or ceiling) with laths.
(corr. to MDu. latte
, Du. lat
, G. dial latz
) survives in mod. dial. lat
, but began to be replaced XIV in general use by lat(h)the
, which appears to repr. an OE. *lœðð-
, corr. to OHG. latta
); ult. relations obscure.
Narrow, thin strip of wood used as a base for a plaster finish. 2.
Slightly larger timber, more a batten
secured to beams, rafters, studs, etc., as a fixing for tiles, slates, or other finish.