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From Middle English latis, from Middle French lattis (lathing), from Old French lattis, from latte (a lath), from Frankish *latta (a lath), from Proto-Germanic *lattǭ, *lattō, *laþþō (board; plank; ledge), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)latn-, *(s)lat- (beam; log). Cognate with Old High German latta (lath), (German Latte), Old English lætt (lath), Middle Low German lāde (plank, counter, sales counter), German Laden (shop). More at lath.


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈlæt.ɪs/
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lattice (plural lattices)

  1. A flat panel constructed with widely-spaced crossed thin strips of wood or other material, commonly used as a garden trellis.
    • 1826, Mary Shelley, The Last Man, part 2, chapter 7,
      It was now in ruin: the deer had climbed the broken palings, and reposed among the flowers; grass grew on the threshold, and the swinging lattice creaking to the wind, gave signal of utter desertion.
  2. (heraldry) A bearing with vertical and horizontal bands that cross each other.
  3. (crystallography) A regular spacing or arrangement of geometric points, often decorated with a motif.
  4. (group theory) A discrete subgroup of Rn which is isomorphic to Zn (considered as an additive group) and spans the real vector space Rn.
  5. (music) A model of the tuning relationships of a just intonation system, comprising an array of points in a periodic multidimensional pattern.
  6. (topology, Lie theory) A discrete subgroup L of a given locally compact group G whose quotient space G/L has finite invariant measure.
  7. (algebra, order theory) A partially ordered set in which every pair of elements has a unique supremum and a unique infimum.


  • (flat panel constructed with strips of wood or other material): latticework



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lattice (third-person singular simple present lattices, present participle latticing, simple past and past participle latticed)

  1. To make a lattice of.
    to lattice timbers
  2. To close, as an opening, with latticework; to furnish with a lattice.
    to lattice a window


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Variant of latice influenced by latte (milk).


lattice m (plural lattici)

  1. Alternative form of latice (latex)
    Synonym: latex

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