machine tool


: a machine designed for shaping solid work

Examples of machine tool in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Compared with the first half of 2021, Russian customers last year paid 78 percent more for Chinese products such as machine tools while other customers paid 12 percent higher prices, the Bank of Finland said. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2024 Above all, this means reducing the flow to Russia of Western components, technology, and machine tools that are critical to keeping its economy on a war-footing. TIME, 21 Feb. 2024 In 1981, LeBlond was purchased by Japanese machine tool maker Makino Milling Machine Co., which shut down the Norwood plant in 1989. Randy Tucker, The Enquirer, 10 Jan. 2024 The professor of International History at Tufts University told Fortune that the Biden administration has indeed scored a coup, as, aside from the U.S. and China, Japan and the Netherlands are the two most important countries for machine tools used to create chips. Rachel Shin, Fortune, 3 Sep. 2023 It was made by a seller who uses a machine tool at an old General Electric factory in Indiana and cuts wood to turn it into furniture. Phil Wahba, Fortune, 31 Mar. 2023 But its main dependencies will be components and also machine tools. Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Foreign Affairs, 17 Nov. 2022 Yet inside an aging production hall, new digital machine tools that resemble science-fiction space pods are churning out components for Abrams tanks, a weapon pledged for fighting in Ukraine. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2023 The Exechon XMini is the next-generation intelligent portable machine system, combining the flexibility and high dynamics of the articulated arm robot with the stiffness and accuracy of the rigid machine tool. IEEE Spectrum, 11 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of machine tool was in 1852

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“Machine tool.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

machine tool

: a machine (as a lathe or drill) that is driven by power and is designed for shaping solid work
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