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lathe

[ leyth ]
/ leɪð /
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noun
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.
to cut, shape, or otherwise treat on a lathe.
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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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH lathe

lath, lathe
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British Dictionary definitions for lathe (1 of 2)

lathe1
/ (leɪð) /

noun
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
(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

British Dictionary definitions for lathe (2 of 2)

lathe2
/ (leɪð) /

noun
British history any of the former administrative divisions of Kent

Word Origin for lathe

Old English læth district
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