lathe

[leyth]
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noun
  1. 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.
verb (used with object), lathed, lath·ing.
  1. to cut, shape, or otherwise treat on a lathe.

Origin of lathe

1300–50; Middle English: frame, stand, lathe; compare Old Norse hlath stack (see lade), Danish -lad in væverlad weaver's batten, savelad saw bench
Can be confusedlath lathe
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Related Words for lathe

spire, steeple, minaret, belfry, lathe, drill, mill, saw, borer, grinder, shaper

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British Dictionary definitions for lathe

lathe

1
noun
  1. 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
verb
  1. (tr) to shape, bore, or cut a screw thread in or on (a workpiece) on a lathe

Word Origin for lathe

perhaps C15 lath a support, of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Danish lad lathe, Old English hlæd heap

lathe

2
noun
  1. British history any of the former administrative divisions of Kent

Word Origin for lathe

Old English læth district
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Word Origin and History for lathe
n.

"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").

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