AskDefine | Define lattice

Dictionary Definition



1 an arrangement of points or particles or objects in a regular periodic pattern in 2 or 3 dimensions
2 small opening (like a window in a door) through which business can be transacted [syn: wicket, grille]
3 framework consisting of an ornamental design made of strips of wood or metal [syn: latticework, fretwork]

User Contributed Dictionary



From Middle English latis < Middle French lattis ('lathing').



  1. A flat panel constructed with widely-spaced crossed thin strips of wood or other material. It is commonly used as a garden trellis.
  2. a regular spacing or arrangement of geometric points, often decorated with a motif.
  3. A partially ordered set in which every pair of elements has a unique supremum and an infimum.

Derived terms


partially ordered set in algebra



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Extensive Definition

Lattice may refer to:* Latticework an ornamental and/or structural criss-crossed framework, an arrangement of crossing laths or other thin strips of material
lattice in Arabic: مشبك
lattice in German: Gitter (Begriffsklärung)
lattice in Spanish: Lattice
lattice in French: Lattice
lattice in Hebrew: סריג
lattice in Japanese: 格子
lattice in Italian: Reticolo
lattice in Polish: Krata
lattice in Russian: Решётка
lattice in Slovak: Mriežka

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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