Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An attachment to a lathe for holding cutting-tools used in cutting the exterior surfaces of objects turned in the lathe; a turner. It is named from the shape of the tool-holder. A box-tool used, with special cutter, for finishing the ends of rods is called a pointing-box. A modified form carrying several cutters is called a box-mill. Another form of box-tool is used on screw-machines.
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