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noun, plural turn·er·ies.
  1. the process or art of forming or shaping objects on a lathe.
  2. objects or articles fashioned on a lathe collectively.
  3. a workshop where such work is done.
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Origin of turnery

First recorded in 1635–45; turner1 + -y3
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Examples from the Web for turnery

Historical Examples

  • Its wood is valued in turnery for cups, bowls and pattern blocks.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 6


  • Some use is made of it in turnery and for other small articles.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • It is suitable for turnery and small novelties, but little of it has been used.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • The wood is used in turnery, for shoe lasts, plane stocks and shuttles.

    Trees Worth Knowing

    Julia Ellen Rogers

  • It is used for interior finish, furniture, woodenware and turnery.

    Forest Trees of Illinois

    Fuller George D.

British Dictionary definitions for turnery


noun plural -eries
  1. objects made on a lathe
  2. Also called: turning the process or skill of turning objects on a lathe
  3. the workshop of a lathe operator
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