machine tool


Definition of machine tool 

: a machine designed for shaping solid work

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In April, the Trump administration proposed a 10 percent tariff on over $50 billion worth of imports from China, which included 1,300 product categories, such as medical equipment, televisions, machine tools, and dishwashers. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How Trump’s tariffs are affecting the furniture industry," 7 Aug. 2018 That made Swiss products from watches to machine tools and ski vacations a lot more expensive in other countries. Brian Blackstone, WSJ, "How Switzerland Lost a Currency Battle, but Won the War," 20 Apr. 2018 The Air Force realized the value of this bold action and matched company funds for machine tools and other essential equipment., "July 13, 1958: Thousands tour new Convair plant on Kearny Mesa," 13 July 2018 When Loren Voss of Fond du Lac was making a living as a machine tool serviceman, his work took him all over the world. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Fond du Lac's Loren Voss is a Wisconsin turkey hunting ambassador," 6 Apr. 2018 The targeted products include medicines and medical equipment, machine tools and chemicals, and televisions, dishwashers and automobile parts. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 4 Apr. 2018 And lobbyists from a wide array of industries — from makers of autos, beer, pet food, and machine tools to farmers of wheat, soybeans and pork — are blanketing Capitol Hill to press the point to sympathetic Republican lawmakers. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Cohn's exit means Wall Street is losing its biggest ally in Washington," 7 Mar. 2018 Companies will have the opportunity to raise concerns and to note if goods crucial to business—highly specialized machine tools, for example—have been targeted, or if different goods should be included in the tariff list. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "Tariff Showdown Shifts to Intense Negotiation Period," 4 Apr. 2018 Among the positions open, according to the depot, are several chemical, mechanical and civil engineering jobs, as well as machine tool operator, welder, sandblaster, painter and other positions. William Thornton,, "Anniston Army Depot holding job fair March 31," 5 Mar. 2018

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1852, in the meaning defined above

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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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