Blanchard lathe, a lathe for turning irregular forms after a given pattern, as lasts, gunstocks, and the like.Drill lathe, or Speed lathe, a small lathe which, from its high speed, is adapted for drilling; a hand lathe.Engine lathe, a turning lathe in which the cutting tool has an automatic feed; — used chiefly for turning and boring metals, cutting screws, etc.Foot lathe, a lathe which is driven by a treadle worked by the foot.Geometric lathe. See under GeometricHand lathe, a lathe operated by hand; a power turning lathe without an automatic feed for the tool.Slide lathe, an engine lathe.Throw lathe, a small lathe worked by one hand, while the cutting tool is held in the other.

(Lath"er) n. [AS. leáðor niter, in leáðorwyrt soapwort; cf. Icel. lauðr; perh. akin to E. lye.]

1. Foam or froth made by soap moistened with water.

2. Foam from profuse sweating, as of a horse.

(Lath"er), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lathered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Lathering.] [AS. leðrian to lather, anoint. See Lather, n. ] To spread over with lather; as, to lather the face.

(Lath"er), v. i. To form lather, or a froth like lather; to accumulate foam from profuse sweating, as a horse.

(Lath"er), v. t. [Cf. Leather.] To beat severely with a thong, strap, or the like; to flog. [Low]

(Lathe"reeve` Lath"reeve`) n. Formerly, the head officer of a lathe. See 1st Lathe.

(Lath"ing) n. The act or process of covering with laths; laths, collectively; a covering of laths.

(Lath"-shaped`) a. Having a slender elongated form, like a lath; — said of the feldspar of certain igneous rocks, as diabase, as seen in microscopic sections.

(Lath"work`) n. Same as Lathing.

(Lath"y) a. Like a lath; long and slender.

A lathy horse, all legs and length.
R. Browning.

(La"tian) a. Belonging, or relating, to Latium, a country of ancient Italy. See Latin.

Lathe to Lattice

(Lathe) n. [AS. l&aemacrð. Of. uncertain origin.] Formerly, a part or division of a county among the Anglo-Saxons. At present it consists of four or five hundreds, and is confined to the county of Kent. [Written also lath.] Brande & C.

(Lathe) n. [OE. lathe a granary; akin to G. lade a chest, Icel. hlaða a storehouse, barn; but cf. also Icel. löð a smith's lathe. Senses 2 and 3 are perh. of the same origin as lathe a granary, the original meaning being, a frame to hold something. If so, the word is from an older form of E. lade to load. See Lade to load.]

1. A granary; a barn. [Obs.] Chaucer.

2. (Mach.) A machine for turning, that is, for shaping articles of wood, metal, or other material, by causing them to revolve while acted upon by a cutting tool.

3. The movable swing frame of a loom, carrying the reed for separating the warp threads and beating up the weft; — called also lay and batten.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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