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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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A machine for shaping a piece of wood or metal by holding and turning it rapidly against the edge of a cutting tool.

Usage examples (33)
  • The coppersmith used a lathe to finish shaping the handle for the large pot.
  • Both can earn more money than each can earn separately, and the skilled man who formerly worked the second lathe is released.
  • They use a machine called a lathe to spin the wood, and special cutting tools to shape it.
  • -- The important things about a lathe are the spindle bearings and the ways for the tool-holder. for more
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