machine tool


Definition of machine tool

: a machine designed for shaping solid work

Examples of machine tool in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Japanese manufacturers are major suppliers to Chinese companies, sending them everything from precision machine tools to components for smartphones and cars. Ben Dooley, New York Times, "Japan’s Economy Shrank Sharply. Now Comes the Coronavirus.," 10 Mar. 2020 Critics point to past incidents where tight regulation pushed American industries offshore — including machine tool makers in the 1990s, and commercial satellites in the 2000s. David Mccabe, New York Times, "Trump Effort to Keep U.S. Tech Out of China Alarms American Firms," 16 Feb. 2020 As a young adult, Marquez also worked at the base — as a machine tool operator for an aircraft-engine maintenance and repair company at Port San Antonio, which some old-timers still refer to as Kelly. Greg Jefferson,, "Jefferson: Manufacturing is having its day in S.A.," 14 Feb. 2020 Hang Time has placed men in jobs including janitorial services, car washes, solar installation, roofing, machine tool and die, driving trucks and more. Alix Boyle,, "Hang Time:," 12 Dec. 2019 Japan’s machine tool orders fell 35.1% in the September quarter, the fourth straight decline and the largest in over a decade. Washington Post, "Winter for Japan’s Robotics King Just Got a Little Longer," 28 Oct. 2019 Dead trees were imported on trucks, ground smooth with machine tools to prevent children from getting splinters, individually numbered, and then lowered into the stream, creating artisanal eddies. Patrick Symmes, Harper's magazine, "The $68,000 Fish," 28 Oct. 2019 The retail operation provides industrial customers direct access to purchase, rent and service tools like cylinders and jacks, pumps and bolting and machine tools. From News Reports, Houston Chronicle, "Drone maker plans office in Deer Park," 22 Oct. 2019 Barnes builds filters for machine tools used to manufacture engines and transmissions. Lisa Schencker,, "The GM strike is now affecting the automaker’s suppliers — and Illinois companies are increasingly feeling the pressure," 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of machine tool

1852, in the meaning defined above

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“Machine tool.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of machine tool

: a tool (such as a drill) that is powered by electricity and designed for shaping metal or wood

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