Definition of engine turning in English:

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engine turning

noun

The decoration of metal or ceramic objects with regular engraved patterns using a lathe.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Derivatives

engine-turned

adjective
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: en·gine turn·ing

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