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  • n. Plural form of headstock.


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  • Second offense is a choice between corporal punishment by flogging or public humiliation through a day in the headstocks.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • There was a stiff, modern, grey little church, and blocks and rows of red dwellings lying at random; at the back, the twinkling headstocks of the pit, and the looming pit-hill.

    The Prussian Officer and Other Stories

  • And the children, as they come from school at dinner-time, looking down the fields and seeing the wheels on the headstocks standing, say:

    Sons and Lovers

  • At Brinsley pit the white steam melted slowly in the sunshine of a soft blue sky; the wheels of the headstocks twinkled high up; the screen, shuffling its coal into the trucks, made a busy noise.

    Sons and Lovers

  • I like the rows of trucks, and the headstocks, and the steam in the daytime, and the lights at night.

    Sons and Lovers

  • On the crest of the hill, Selby, with its stark houses and the up-pricked headstocks of the pit, stood in black silhouette small against the sky.

    Sons and Lovers

  • He never went past the pits at night, by the lighted lamp-house, the tall black headstocks and lines of trucks, past the fans spinning slowly like shadows, without the feeling of Miriam returning to him, keen and almost unbearable.

    Sons and Lovers

  • But these could be easily overlooked, for the eye would instinctively wander across the green and shallow valley, to the long upslope opposite, showing the Manor set in its clump of trees, and farms and haystacks pleasantly dotted, and moderately far off coal-mines with twinkling headstocks and narrow railwaylines crossing the arable fields, and heaps of burning slag.

    The Lost Girl

  • Improvements followed in the slide-lathe (giving a large range of speed with increased diameters for the same size of headstocks, &c.), in the wheel-cutting engine, in the scale-beam (by which, with a load of 2 oz. on each end, the fifteen-hundredth part of a grain could be indicated), in the broaching-machine, the slotting-machine, and other engines.

    Industrial Biography, Iron Workers and Tool Makers

  • I think they tend to the biggest impacts tend to be around our ability to build headstocks for all the subcomponents where headstocks can -- in particular, there are a lot of mechanical piece part vendors in these regions that we're going to have to go to get a solution as we try to put the supply chain back together.


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