lathe lathe  /ˈleɪð/


  • (n) machine tool for shaping metal or wood; the workpiece turns about a horizontal axis against a fixed tool


  1. Operating lathes and lasers, they slice, polish and facet the cloudy crystals into sparkling gems, churning out about $150 million worth each year.
  2. In George's meticulously kept garage-workshop they found a lathe.
  3. A white-haired repair man played sec ond flute and a lathe operator blew the trumpet.


  1. Complaint: Burglar left big clue at crime scene

    Bags of evidence were left behind at the burglary scene. Between the debris of lathe and plaster, materials used before drywall was invented, was a single piece of mail dated June 24, 2009.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: The Chippewa Herald

  2. Don’t doubt the trout

    As I walked in to Scott Souder’s workshop off County Road 440 last week, he was painstakingly shaving down a piece of copper on a lathe. As he has done for the last 30 years, Scott was in the process of rebuilding an alternator; this was destined for a 20-year-old Mazda pickup.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: Grand Rapids Herald-Review

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