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Definition of lathe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a machine in which work is rotated about a horizontal axis and shaped by a fixed tool


lathed; lathing

Definition of lathe (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cut or shape with a lathe

Examples of lathe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Like his character Lee, Paek operated a lathe in a rural steel factory for a decade after high school. E. Tammy Kim, New York Times, "A Novel From North Korea Offers Glimpses of the Everyday," 5 May 2020 Working eight hours per week during the school year and full-time over the summer, Andrew began doing sandblasting and deburring work at Firstar, in addition to running various mills and lathes. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Firstar Precision hosts Brunswick Schools’ annual Business Partnership Program event," 25 Feb. 2020 Two years later, a worker lost an index finger to a lathe at the facility. R.a. Schuetz, Houston Chronicle, "Former employee speaks out about dangers at NW Houston plant," 25 Jan. 2020 Unlike a standard tie, a bow tie eliminates the potential danger of getting oneself enmeshed in the rapidly rotating chuck of a lathe. WSJ, "Physics Favors the Wearing Of Bow Ties, Natty or Not," 17 Jan. 2020 Some shorter lathes can be easily adapted to accept longer projects with an additional bed extension. The Editors, Field & Stream, "3 Features You Need in a Wood Lathe," 10 Jan. 2020 His Innovation Workshop in Atlanta is a neat grid of computerized lathes, battery boxes, drills, metal shavings and computer screens that spin special effects in three dimensions. Jeffrey Fleishman,, "Georgia’s abortion ban forces political reckoning among TV and film workers," 24 June 2019 But, brake rotors have to be deburred on a lathe to get rid of any sharp edges, and that’s not easy. Cari Shane, Popular Science, "Meet the machine parts salesman who turned a brake rotor into a lamp and never looked back," 12 Feb. 2020 Woodworking with power tools, using a metal grinder or lathe, and other construction tasks all come with the risk of eye injury. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "Three Reasons to Use a Chainsaw Helmet," 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of lathe


1611, in the meaning defined above


circa 1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lathe


probably from Middle English lath supporting stand

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The first known use of lathe was in 1611

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7 Jun 2020

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“Lathe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lathe

: a machine in which a piece of wood or metal is held and turned while being shaped by a sharp tool


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Kids Definition of lathe

: a machine in which a piece of material (as wood) is held and turned while being shaped by a tool

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