Definition of lathe noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

lathe

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//leɪð//
 
; NAmE NAmE//leɪð//
 
How machines work
 
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a machine that shapes pieces of wood or metal by holding and turning them against a fixed cutting tool See related entries: How machines work Word Origin Middle English: probably from Old Danish lad ‘structure, frame’, perhaps from Old Norse hlath ‘pile, heap’, related to hlatha.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lathe