engine turning


Definition of engine turning

1 : a method of ornamentation of a surface (as of a watch) by means of a rose engine or lathe
2 : ornamentation in the form of a pattern of fine lines produced by engine turning

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First Known Use of engine turning

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for engine turning

from gerund of engine-turn

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“Engine turning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engine%20turning. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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