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
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
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.
The tailstock center is ground by inserting it in the spindle in place of the headstock center.
This particular machine is driven by a motor at the rear of the headstock, connection being made with the spindle through gearing.
British Dictionary definitions for headstock
the part of a machine that supports and transmits the drive to the chuckCompare tailstock
the wooden or metal block on which a church bell is hung
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