from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A machine for shaping a piece of material, such as wood or metal, by rotating it rapidly along its axis while pressing a fixed cutting or abrading tool against it.
- transitive v. To cut or shape on a lathe.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An administrative division of the county of Kent, in England, from the Anglo-Saxon period until it fell entirely out of use in the early twentieth century.
- n. A machine tool used to shape a piece of material, or workpiece, by rotating the workpiece against a cutting tool.
- n. The movable swing frame of a loom, carrying the reed for separating the warp threads and beating up the weft; a lay, or batten.
- n. A granary; a barn.
- v. To shape with a lathe.
- v. To produce a 3D model by rotating a set of points around a fixed axis.
- v. To invite; bid; ask.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Formerly, a part or division of a county among the Anglo-Saxons. At present it consists of four or five hundreds, and is confined to the county of Kent.
- n. A granary; a barn.
- n. A machine for turning, that is, for shaping articles of wood, metal, or other material, by causing them to revolve while acted upon by a cutting tool.
- n. The movable swing frame of a loom, carrying the reed for separating the warp threads and beating up the weft; -- called also lay and batten.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To invite; bid; ask.
- A Middle English form of loath.
- A Middle English form of loathe.
- n. A machine for working wood, metals, or other substances by causing the material to turn with greater or less speed, according to the nature of the material and the work to be performed, before a tool which is held at rest relatively to the peripheral motion of the object operated upon.
- n. That part of a loom in which the reed is fixed, and by the movements of which the weft-threads are laid parallel to each other, shot after shot, in the process of weaving.
- n. A barn or granary.
- n. In England, apart or large division of a county, comprising several hundreds: a term now confined to the county of Kent, in which there are five of these lathes or divisions. See rape.
- n. See sanding-machine.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. machine tool for shaping metal or wood; the workpiece turns about a horizontal axis against a fixed tool
This casting is then placed in an instrument called a _portrait lathe_ (of which we have a very perfect one at the Mint, which I caused to be made at Paris), and reduced fac-similes of it are turned by the lathe, thus preparing for us the dies which we need.
Both can earn more money than each can earn separately, and the skilled man who formerly worked the second lathe is released.
The lathe is a circular vise that can hold a drill bit or a blade and rotates at a high rate of speed, Mr. Riggs said.
They use a machine called a lathe to spin the wood, and special cutting tools to shape it.
The lathe, which is essential to make many of the more complex tools on the Forbes list, is a mechanism for rotating work to be shaped with a knife.
It is selected from the in-feed scale of the lathe, which is determined by the feed gear, according to the proportion a: s.
A fairly high speed is desirable, and may be obtained either by foot, or, if power is available, is readily got by connecting to the speed cone of a lathe, which is presumably permanently belted to the motor.
The lathe was a pleasure to him, and so with bench work, and within ten days a new and larger wagon was turned out.
-- The important things about a lathe are the spindle bearings and the ways for the tool-holder.
-- The lathe is a most useful tool for boring purposes, better for some work than the drilling machine itself.