A lathe is a tool that shapes a rotating piece of wood or metal. If you want to build a beautiful dining room table, you'll need a lathe to make the legs.

Using a lathe, you can cut, drill, or sand wood while it turns—making the piece more symmetrical than it would be without the tool. A potter's wheel, which turns clay as you shape it with your hands, is actually a type of lathe. Many common objects are made using lathes, including baseball bats, some musical instruments, and candlesticks. A person who uses a lathe is officially called a turner.

Definitions of lathe
  1. noun
    machine tool for shaping metal or wood; the workpiece turns about a horizontal axis against a fixed tool
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    bench lathe
    lathe mounted on a workbench
    type of:
    shaper, shaping machine
    a machine tool for shaping metal or wood
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