- a machine for use in working wood, metal, etc., that holds the material and rotates it about a horizontal axis against a tool that shapes it.
- to cut, shape, or otherwise treat on a lathe.
Origin of lathe
Examples from the Web for lathe
Creative writing in Room 205 hones my literary skills like a lathe.My Teacher Who Brought Magic to Room 205
Susan Jane Gilman
July 20, 2009
On the opposite side of the alley, sparks leap out of a lathe machine as a young man wearing protective goggles sharpens metal.Shooting Slumdog on the Gritty Streets of Mumbai
November 24, 2008
A full complement of men worked at every lathe, table, drill or saw.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
The lathe painted to look like iron is seen to be but a lathe.The Moon and Sixpence
W. Somerset Maugham
A lathe tool, if merely hardened, would be useless for that purpose.
The arc of the curved end depends on the kind of lathe and the size of the work.
The lathe is run as for turning brass of the same diameter as the tool.On Laboratory Arts
- a machine for shaping, boring, facing, or cutting a screw thread in metal, wood, etc, in which the workpiece is turned about a horizontal axis against a fixed tool
- (tr) to shape, bore, or cut a screw thread in or on (a workpiece) on a lathe
- British history any of the former administrative divisions of Kent
Word Origin and History for lathe
"machine for turning," early 14c., of uncertain origin, probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish drejelad "turning-lathe," Old Norse hlaða "pile of shavings under a lathe," related to hlaða "to load, lade").