AskDefine | Define latticework

Dictionary Definition

latticework n : framework consisting of an ornamental design made of strips of wood or metal [syn: lattice, fretwork]

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Noun

latticework
  1. A lattice or latticelike structure; interlacing laths or strips of metal.

Extensive Definition

Latticework is an ornamental, lattice framework consisting of a criss-crossed pattern of strips of building material, usually wood or metal, but it can be made of any building material. The design is created by crossing the strips to form a decorative network. Latticework can also be used to support a structure, such as lattice girder bridge supports.
Lattice is defined as "a structure of crossed strips arranged to form a regular pattern of open spaces".
In India the house of a rich or noble person may be built with a baramdah or verandah surrounding every level leading to the living area. The upper floors often have balconies overlooking the street that are shielded by screens jaalis carved in stone latticework, allowing privacy and coolness.

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latticework in German: Gitter
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