Definition of engine turning in English:

engine turning

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[mass noun]
  • The decoration of metal or ceramic objects with regular engraved patterns using a lathe.
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    • The leopardskin borders are created of translucent enamel over engine turning in imitation of moire silk.
    • Perhaps the most fascinating of the decorative arts is engine turning, a centuries-old craft.
    • Because Engine Turning is such a labor-intensive process, it came to be associated with high quality luxury items.



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  • An example of inlaid engine-turned decoration is the shallow black-and-white checked or diced pattern seen on a quart mug from about 1800.
  • With an engine-turned design and a rectangular frame suitable for engraving, this sterling silver card case makes a tasteful executive gift.
  • New from this company comes this engine-turned adjustable watch band that will fit most any watch.

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