from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A lathe in which the live head-stock mandrel is driven by steam, water, or other power, independently of the operator.


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  • Therefore it was that, at my own expense, I bought a power-lathe and other pieces of machinery; and, through the active efforts of Professor John L. Morris, my steadfast supporter in the whole matter, these were set up in our temporary wooden laboratory.

    Autobiography of Andrew Dickson White, Volume I


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