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Definition of lathe in English:


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A machine for shaping wood, metal, or other material by means of a rotating drive which turns the piece being worked on against changeable cutting tools.
Example sentences
  • I take the bulk away with a wood lathe tool, take it down and smooth it out with clay tools, and buff it with a rubber pad.
  • High Schools of the day offered some pretty good metal working programs in classrooms outfitted with lathes, milling machines and shapers.
  • Visitors were also shown vases that were cast from the same material and turned on a wood lathe.


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Shape with a lathe: I have lathed metal in a machine shop
More example sentences
  • The mandapa remained a square, though it was now distinguished by circular columns, the shafts of which had been lathed and thus acquired a number of parallel knife-edges.
  • The place wasn't wealthy: the plates were rough lathed wood, grease from meals soaked into it.


Middle English: probably from Old Danish lad 'structure, frame', perhaps from Old Norse hlath 'pile, heap', related to hlatha (see lade).

Words that rhyme with lathe

bathe, rathe, scathe, spathe, swathe
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