machine tool definition

  • noun:
    • A power-driven device, such as for example a lathe, utilized for machining.
    • A tool, often itself a device and often power-driven, employed for machining. For example lathes, milling devices, shapers, planers, hobbers, exercise presses, jig borers, and others.
    • a device for cutting or shaping lumber, steel, etc., by means of an instrument; specifically, a device, as a lathe, planer, drilling machine, etc., designed for a more or less general use in a machine store, in distinction from a device for making a particular article such as production.
    • A power-driven device for cutting or shaping or finishing metals or other materials.
    • A machine driven by water, vapor, or other power, for doing operations formerly achieved by method of hand-tools, as planing, drilling, sawing, etc., and taking its special title from style of work performed, as planing-machine, drilling-machine, etc. Also known as engine-tool.
    • a powered device for cutting or shaping or completing metals or other materials

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