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lathe (lāŧħ), machine tool for holding and turning metal, wood, plastic, or other material against a cutting tool to form a cylindrical product or part. It also drills, bores, polishes, grinds, makes threads, and performs other operations. Its principal parts are the headstock (attached to the bed or base of the machine), which holds one end of the material in a rotating spur; the tailstock, which holds the other end, moves along the bed, and can be clamped in position at any point; the cutting tool; and the power feed, comprising the drive and its motive parts.

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lathe2 supporting structure, stand XV; machine for turning wood, etc. XVII. Varies XVII with †lare; the two forms may repr. parallel adoptions of ODa. lad stand, supporting framework, perh. a special use of lad pile, heap :- ON. hlað, rel. to hlaða LADE.

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lathe / lā[voicedth]/ • n. a machine for shaping wood, metal, or other material by means of a rotating drive that turns the piece being worked on against changeable cutting tools. • v. [tr.] shape with a lathe.

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lathe1 administrative district of Keht. XII. irreg. repr. OE. lǣð, corr. to ON. láð landed possession, land, rel. to *lǣð- in Goth. unlēds ‘unlanded’. poor, OE. unlǣd(e) wretched.

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lathebathe, lathe, rathe, scathe, spathe, swathe •sunbathe

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