from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A machine-lathe in which there is substituted for the ordinary tailstock a head containing a number of tool-spindles, any one of which, by a revolution or some rocking or sliding motion of the head, can be brought at will into action upon the piece of work. A succession of operations upon the work can thus be effected without removing it from the lathe.
- noun Now applied to a special machine which is essentially a boring-and-turning machine (which see). The work is placed upon a horizontal revolving table, called the chucking-table, under a bracket which supports the turret carrying the tools.
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