• Lathe

    Pronunciation

    • UK enPR: th IPA: /leɪð/
    • Rhymes: -eɪð

    Origin 1

    From Middle English lathen, from Old English laþian ("to invite, summon, call upon, ask"), from Proto-Germanic *laþōną ("to invite"), from Proto-Indo-European *lēy- ("to want, desire"). Cognate with German laden ("to invite"), Icelandic laða ("to attract"), Albanian ledhë ("to flatter, spoil, caress").

    Alternative forms

    Full definition of lathe

    Verb

    1. (transitive, UK dialectal) To invite; bid; ask.

    Origin 2

    From Middle English *lath, from Old English lǣþ ("a division of a county containing several hundreds, a district, lathe").

    Alternative forms

    Noun

    lathe

    (plural lathes)
    1. (obsolete) An administrative division of the county of Kent, in England, from the Anglo-Saxon period until it fell entirely out of use in the early twentieth century.

    Origin 3

    Middle English lath ("turning-lathe; stand"), from Old Norse hlað ("pile, heap")—compare dialectal Danish lad ("stand, support frame") (as in drejelad ("turning-lathe"), savelad ("saw bench")), dialectal Norwegian la, lad ("pile, small wall"), dialectal Swedish lad ("folding table, lay of a loom")—from hlaða ("to load"). More at lade.

    Noun

    lathe

    (plural lathes)
    1. A machine tool used to shape a piece of material, or workpiece, by rotating the workpiece against a cutting tool.He shaped the bedpost by turning it on a lathe.
      • 1856: Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary, Part II Chapter IV, translated by Eleanor Marx-AvelingOf the windows of the village there was one yet more often occupied; for on Sundays from morning to night, and every morning when the weather was bright, one could see at the dormer-window of the garret the profile of Monsieur Binet bending over his lathe, whose monotonous humming could be heard at the Lion d'Or.
    2. The movable swing frame of a loom, carrying the reed for separating the warp threads and beating up the weft; a lay, or batten.
    3. (obsolete) A granary; a barn.

    Verb

    1. To shape with a lathe.
    2. (computer graphics) To produce a 3D model by rotating a set of points around a fixed axis.

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