headstock

[hed-stok]
noun
  1. the part of a machine containing or directly supporting the moving or working parts, as the assembly supporting and driving the live spindle in a lathe.

Origin of headstock

First recorded in 1725–35; head + stock
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Examples from the Web for headstock

Historical Examples of headstock

  • When the nuts on these bolts are tightened, the headstock is firmly clamped to the bed.

  • This bed carries a headstock and a tailstock similar to a lathe.

  • Many lathes also have gears in the headstock for changing the speeds.

    Turning and Boring

    Franklin D. Jones

  • The tailstock center is ground by inserting it in the spindle in place of the headstock center.

    Turning and Boring

    Franklin D. Jones

  • This particular machine is driven by a motor at the rear of the headstock, connection being made with the spindle through gearing.

    Turning and Boring

    Franklin D. Jones


British Dictionary definitions for headstock

headstock

noun
  1. the part of a machine that supports and transmits the drive to the chuckCompare tailstock
  2. the wooden or metal block on which a church bell is hung
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