Meaning of LATTICE in English


I. ˈlad.ə̇s, -atə̇s noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English latis, from Middle French lattis, from latte lath, from Old French, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German latta lath — more at lath


a. : a framework or structure of wood or metal made by crossing laths or other thin strips so as to form a network

the lattice of a window

b. : a window, door, or gate having a lattice

c. : a representation or imitation of a lattice

d. : a lattice used as the sign of an alehouse


a. : a system of small intersecting diagonal or zigzag bars or angles that rigidly connect two parallel parts of a structural member

b. : a rectangle cut up into equal small rectangles by parallels to the sides

c. : a regular geometrical arrangement of points or objects over an area or in space: as

(1) : space lattice

(2) : a geometrical arrangement of fissionable material in a nuclear reactor

3. : something resembling a lattice: as


(1) : narrow strips of pastry laid over a pie in lattice fashion

(2) : potato slices perforated in cutting to resemble latticework

lattice potatoes

b. : a decorative openwork (as of interwoven strips of leather on a shoe)

c. : a vestigial sieve plate with indefinite outlines and perforations minute or lacking

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English lattizen, from latis lattice

1. : to make a lattice of : give the appearance of a lattice to

neatly arranged in strips that latticed his baldness — Pearl Kazin

2. : to close or enclose (as an opening) with or as if with latticework

lattice a window

III. noun

: a mathematical set that has some elements ordered and that is such that for any two elements there exists a greatest element in the subset of all elements less than or equal to both and a least element in the subset of all elements greater than or equal to both

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