Part of speech: noun

A machine for shaping articles by turning.

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Usage examples "lathe":

  1. While turning the face D C in the lathe a fine line circle should be struck around the circumference of the cone and near D C, on which line the spacing for the teeth may be stepped off with the compasses. - "Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II", Joshua Rose.
  2. The length of a lathe is determined by the length of a piece of work that can be turned. - "A Course In Wood Turning", Archie S. Milton and Otto K. Wohlers.
  3. In appearance they are like a section taken off the top of a jug where the cork is put in, and as neatly rounded as if turned off a potter's lathe. - "Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast", Samuel Adams Drake.