Dictionary: LA'TENT-LY – LAT'I-CLAVE

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LA'TENT-LY, adv.

Secretly; concealedly; invisibly.

LAT'ER, a. [comp. deg. of late.]

Posterior; subsequent.

LAT'ER-AL, a. [Fr. from L. lateralis, from latus, a side, and broad, Gr. πλατυς; coinciding with W. llêd, llyd, breadth, and probably with Eng. flat, W. plad or llez, or both. The primary sense of these words is to extend, as in late, let.]

  1. Pertaining to the side; as, the lateral view of an object.
  2. Proceeding from the side; as, the lateral branches of a tree; lateral shoots.


The quality of having distinct sides. [Not used.] – Brown.


  1. By the side; sideways. – Holder.
  2. In the direction of the side.


One of the churches at Rome. The name is said to have been derived from that of a man. – Encyc.

LAT'ER-E, adv. [A latere; see A-LATERE, adv.]


Delayed. [Obs.] Chaucer.

LAT-ER-I-FO'LI-OUS, a. [L. latus, side, and folium, leaf.]

In botany, growing on the side of a leaf at the base; as, a laterifolious flower. – Lee. Martyn.

LAT-ER-I'TIOUS, a. [L. lateritius, from later, a brick.]

Like bricks; of the color of bricks. – Med. Repos. Lateritious sediment, a sediment in urine resembling brick dust, observed after the crises of fevers, and at the termination of gouty paroxysms. – Parr.


Somewhat late.

LATH, n. [W. clawd, a thin board, or llâth, a rod; Fr. latte; Sp. latas, plur; G. latte; D. lat.]

  1. A thin narrow board or slip of wood nailed to the rafters of a building to support the tiles or covering.
  2. A thin narrow slip of wood nailed to the studs, to support the plastering.

LATH, n. [Sax. leth. The signification of this word is not clearly ascertained. It may be from Sax. lathian, to call together, and signify primarily, a meeting or assembly. See Wapentake.]

In some parts of England, a part or division of a county. Spenser, Spelman and Blackstone do not agree in their accounts of the lath; but according to the laws of Edward the Confessor, the lath, in some counties, answered to the trithing or third part of a county in others. – Wilkins.

LATH, v.t.

To cover or line with laths. – Mortimer.

LATHE, n. [Qu. lath, supra, or W. lathru, to make smooth.]

An engine by which instruments of wood, ivory, metals and other materials, are turned and cut into a smooth round form.

LATH'ED, pp.

Covered or lined with laths.


  1. Foam or froth made by soap moistened with water.
  2. Foam or froth from profuse sweat, as of a horse.

LATH'ER, v.i. [Sax. lethrian, to lather, to anoint. Qu. W. llathru, to make smooth, or llithraw, to glide; llithrig, slippery, or llyth, soft; llyzu, to spread.]

To form a foam with water and soap; to become froth, or frothy matter.

LATH'ER, v.t.

To spread over with the foam of soap.

LA'TH'ER-ED, pp.

Spread over with the foam of soap.


Spreading over with the foam of soap.

LATH'Y, a.

Thin as a lath; long and slender. – Chalmers.

LATH'Y, a. [W. lleth, llyth.]

Flabby; weak. – New England.

LA-TIB'U-LIZE, v.i. [L. latibulum, a hiding place.]

To retire into a den, burrow or cavity, and lie dormant in winter; to retreat and lie hid. The tortoise latibulizes in October. – Shaw's Zool.

LAT'I-CLAVE, n. [L. laticlavium; latus, broad, and clavus, a stud.]

An ornament of dress worn by Roman senators. It is supposed to have been a broad stripe of purple on the fore part of the tunic, set with knobs or studs. – Encyc.