Pronunciation Noun

lath (plural laths)

  1. A thin, narrow strip, fastened to the rafters, studs, or floor beams of a building, for the purpose of supporting a covering of tiles, plastering, etc.
    • 1973, Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow:
      The rubble waits him, sloping up to broken rear walls in a clogging, an openwork of laths pointlessly chevroning-flooring, furniture, glass, chunks of plaster, long tatters of wallpaper, split and shattered joists […].
    • 1995, Alan Warner, Morvern Callar, Vintage 2015, p. 21:
      Lanna says about wishing she was bigger in the chest and I goes that I had nothing to beat there and I was thin as a lat.
    Synonyms: lath strap
Translations Verb

lath (laths, present participle lathing; past and past participle lathed)

  1. to cover or line with laths

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