from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ceramics, a lathe used by potters to trim and smooth the surface of the ware, which has been thrown and dried, before it is burned.
  • n. A lathe used by turners in wood or ivory. See lathe, turn, v. t., 2, turner, turning.


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  • For six months she saved her egg-money, which was hers by right of allotment, and on his birthday presented him with a turning-lathe of wonderful simplicity and multifarious efficiencies.

    Chapter XXV

  • I mounted a turning-lathe, and in attempting to use it, I very nearly cribbed off, with an inch-and-half former, one of the fingers which the hussar had left me.

    The Monastery

  • I said, turning to Fustov, who had already set to work at his turning-lathe.

    The Jew and other stories

  • Men who fish, botanise, work with the turning-lathe, or gather sea-weeds, will make admirable husbands and a little amateur painting in water-colour shows the innocent and quiet mind.

    Virginibus Puerisque and other papers

  • The engineer made a turning-lathe, with which he turned several articles both for the toilet and the kitchen, particularly buttons, the want of which was greatly felt.

    The Mysterious Island

  • They sawed, they planed, they filed, they turned; and during the whole of this bad season, nothing was heard but the grinding of tools or the humming of the turning-lathe which responded to the growling of the thunder.

    The Mysterious Island

  • When night was drawing near, the youth went up and made himself a bright fire in one of the rooms, placed the cutting-board and knife beside it, and seated himself by the turning-lathe.

    Household Tales

  • I must get a turning-lathe at once, or else learn to carve brooches out of marbles, and rings out of peach-stones, and baskets out of cherry and apricot stones.

    Holidays at the Grange or A Week's Delight Games and Stories for Parlor and Fireside

  • Tom Green made himself exceedingly agreeable to the whole party, by presenting to each some pretty little box, thimble-case, or other ingenious trifle, which he had made at his leisure with the aid of his turning-lathe; whereupon Charlie Bolton assumed an irresistibly ludicrous air of dejection, and asserted that he felt quite crushed by Tom's superior gallantry.

    Holidays at the Grange or A Week's Delight Games and Stories for Parlor and Fireside

  • When the affairs of state left him any leisure he amused himself at a turning-lathe which he had set up, and also in painting majolica vases, in which art he was exceedingly skilful.

    Lucretia Borgia According to Original Documents and Correspondence of Her Day


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