Middle English Dictionary Entry

lat n.
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Note: Cp. latthe.
(a) A long, thin strip of wood used in building; esp. such a strip nailed to rafters to form a support for shingles, tiles, or slates; ?also, a pole, stake; ?also, a shingle; hart ~, q.v.; (b) a long, thin bar of iron; (c) ~ clever, a lath splitter, maker of laths; ~ hamer, a hammer used for nailing laths; ~ nail(es, lates nailes, small nails used for fastening laths; ~ wright, one who makes or works with laths; ston ~, q.v.; (d) in place name [see Smith PNElem. 2.12].