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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 The studio is home to several of Yearsley’s stand-up basses, an office, a T-shirt screen-printing operation, a record lathe from the 1940s and a 24-track 2-inch tape machine from 1985. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 June 2022 Ever since White installed a lathe at Third Man, a stream of acts has come to teleport to the time before Pro Tools. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 9 June 2022 This decorative technique, which requires meticulous work, is still carried out in the traditional way at Breguet with the guilloché lathe. Anthony Demarco, Forbes, 17 May 2022 Apparently lathe would have worked better for my second guess, but cares actually narrowed my possible solutions down to 22. Erik Kain, Forbes, 20 May 2022 The Kreitler Challenger Rollers 4.5 ($480) are pricier than Tacx’s Antares Basic Trainer, but its lathe turned aluminum drums will last virtually forever. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, 30 Apr. 2020 Burchard works with different tools including the chainsaw and lathe. Antonia Mufarech, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Apr. 2022 In precision manufacturing classes, students receive hands-on training in precision measurement and learn how to operate lathe, milling and grinding machines. Mike Danahey,, 11 Feb. 2022 Pop made his own machine shop lathe, his own underwater camera housing, his own five-speed transmission. Dan Neil, WSJ, 3 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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4 Jul 2022

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“Lathe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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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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