Definition of Lathe

1. Noun. Machine tool for shaping metal or wood; the workpiece turns about a horizontal axis against a fixed tool.

Specialized synonyms: Bench Lathe
Terms within: Carriage, Chuck, Handwheel, Handwheel
Generic synonyms: Shaper, Shaping Machine

Definition of Lathe

1. n. Formerly, a part or division of a county among the Anglo-Saxons. At present it consists of four or five hundreds, and is confined to the county of Kent.

2. n. A granary; a barn.

Definition of Lathe

1. Verb. (transitive UK dialectal) To invite; bid; ask. ¹

2. Noun. (obsolete) An administrative division of the county of Kent, in England, from the Anglo-Saxon period until it fell entirely out of use in the early twentieth century. ¹

3. Noun. A machine tool used to shape a piece of material, or workpiece, by rotating the workpiece against a cutting tool. ¹

4. Verb. To shape with a lathe. ¹

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Definition of Lathe

1. to cut or shape on a type of machine [v LATHED, LATHING, LATHES]

Medical Definition of Lathe

1. Formerly, a part or division of a county among the Anglo-Saxons. at present it consists of four or five hundreds, and is confined to the county of Kent. Alternative forms: lath. Origin: AS.laeth. Of. Uncertain origin. 1. A granary; a barn. 2. A machine for turning, that is, for shaping articles of wood, metal, or other material, by causing them to revolve while acted upon by a cutting tool. "turning" here is in the sense of cutting while turning. Turn 6 and turning 4, in this dict. 3. The movable swing frame of a loom, carrying the reed for separating the warp threads and beating up the weft; called also lay and batten. Blanchard lathe, a lathe for turning irregular forms after a given pattern, as lasts, gunstocks, and the like. Drill lathe, or Speed lathe, a small lathe which, from its high speed, is adapted for drilling; a hand lathe. Engine lathe, a turning lathe in which the cutting tool has an automatic feed; used chiefly for turning and boring metals, cutting screws, etc. Foot lathe, a lathe which is driven by a treadle worked by the foot. Geometric lathe. See Geometric Hand lathe, a lathe operated by hand; a power turning lathe without an automatic feed for the tool. Slide lathe, an engine lathe. Throw lathe, a small lathe worked by one hand, while the cutting tool is held in the other. Origin: OE. Lathe a granary; akin to G. Lade a chest, Icel. Hlatha a storehouse, barn; but cf. Also Icel. Loth a smith's lathe. Senses 2 and 3 are perh. Of the same origin as lathe a granary, the original meaning being, a frame to hold something. If so, the word is from an older form of E. Lade to load. See Lade to load. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lathe

latex agglutination
latex agglutination test
latex fixation test
latex fixation tests
latex paint
lath and plaster
lathe (current term)
lathe carrier
lather, rinse, repeat
lather up
lathered up

Literary usage of Lathe

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Engineering Index Annual for by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1914)
"37514 D. lathe Fittings No. lathe Centres and Allied Fittings. ... 40480 A. lathes A Few Hints on Buying a lathe. FR Parsons. 1600 w. Prac Engr—Dec. ..."

2. International Library of Technology: A Series of Textbooks for Persons by International Textbook Company (1903)
"lathe work probably embraces a greater variety of operations than the work ... Chief among these classes is the engine lathe, which might be considered as ..."

3. The Engineering Index Annual for by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1911)
"Norwegian lathe of Modern Design. Illustrates and describes a lathe showing ... Illustrations, dimensions and short description of a lathe designed for ..."

4. Bulletin by Federal Board for Vocational Education, United States (1917)
"This work presupposes that the man has had unit (Ml) and (M-2) of lathe work or ... The plate is to be fitted to the spindle of the lathe and the chuck fit ..."

5. Proceedings by American Society of Civil Engineers (1907)
"The effects of the lathe on manufacturing interests are discussed briefly, ... lathe design is thoroughly discussed, including back gearing, driving cones, ..."

6. Appletons' Cyclopædia of Applied Mechanics: A Dictionary of Mechanical by Appleton, firm, publishers, New York (1880)
"The mode of operation in this lathe is easily to be understood. As shown in the engraving, the toothed wheel Z" is of half the size of the wheel Z' ..."

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