from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A machine which operates a rubbing-surface for bringing to a polish the surfaces of materials or articles to which a polish is desired to be given, as in polishing metals, stone, glass, wood, horn, or articles made from these or Other materials.
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In 1827 experiments on the composition of speculum-metal were set on foot, and the first polishing-machine ever driven by steam-power was contrived in 1828.
A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century Fourth Edition
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