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lathe1 (leɪð Pronunciation for lathe1



  1. a machine for shaping, boring, facing, or cutting a screw thread in metal, wood, etc, in which the workpiece is turned about a horizontal axis against a fixed tool


  1. (transitive) to shape, bore, or cut a screw thread in or on (a workpiece) on a lathe

Word Origin

perhaps C15 lath a support, of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Danish lad lathe, Old English hlæd heap

lathe2 (leɪð Pronunciation for lathe2



  1. (British, history) any of the former administrative divisions of Kent

Word Origin

Old English læth district

Translations for 'lathe'

  • British English: lathe A lathe is a machine which is used for shaping wood or metal. NOUN
  • Brazilian Portuguese: torno
  • Chinese: 车床车車床
  • European Spanish: torno
  • French: tour
  • German: Drehbank
  • Italian: tornio
  • Japanese: 旋盤
  • Korean: 선반 >기계
  • Portuguese: torno
  • Spanish: torno

Example Sentences Including 'lathe'

Around it, the actors go about their stuff -- dismantling a wing, working a makeshift lathe.
Times, Sunday Times (2005)
Aye, W. H. Scaife, them's my works, fresh off the lathe , I'm the poet sirrah.
Dexter Petley WHITE LIES (2003)
I had an old Austin 7 and a guy offered me a good price for it, so I sold it, bought a lathe and built my first engine.
The Mercury, Sunday Tasmanian (2004)
In 1967, I bought a lathe , and started SRC Industries to manufacture shafts.
Business Today (1997)
Meanwhile at home, The Sun's artist designed the two large stones using wire lathe , cement and paint.
Toronto Sun (2003)
Standing before a capstan lathe had made existence tolerable by providing the ambition to excel at what he was doing.
Sillitoe, Alan The Open Door
What on earth would Russell back then, working at his lathe , make of Russell now?
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
cried General Vouros, and he whisked the handle so all the forwards spun like a lathe.
Harvey, John Coup d'Etat
such thing and must therefore stick to the particular lathe I have built: past life work with the unconscious.
Woolger, Roger J. Other Lives, Other Selves


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