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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MACHINING

The machining has a bad sound, I admit, but for all that the "applications" are enchanting.

This relieves the engineers of the necessity of machining the welded joints.

The barrels were sent to the Rock Island Arsenal for machining.

We were very poor; we lived by my machining and what Lovedy could do to help me.

The total time for machining this flywheel is forty minutes.

This is used for machining the ends of gasoline engine pistons.

There is a sort of standing objection to any machining of education.

It may be seen, likewise, that actual work is thus saved in machining.

By turning two surfaces at once, the total time for machining the casting is, of course, greatly reduced.

The tools for machining the hub and sides of the rim are held in a turret mounted on the left-hand head, as shown.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, "structure of any kind," from Middle French machine "device, contrivance," from Latin machina "machine, engine, military machine; device, trick; instrument" (cf. Spanish maquina, Italian macchina), from Greek makhana, Doric variant of mekhane "device, means," related to mekhos "means, expedient, contrivance," from PIE *maghana- "that which enables," from root *magh- (1) "to be able, have power" (cf. Old Church Slavonic mogo "be able," Old English mæg "I can;" see may (v.)).

Main modern sense of "device made of moving parts for applying mechanical power" (1670s) probably grew out of mid-17c. senses of "apparatus, appliance" and "military siege-tower." In late 19c. slang the word was used for both "penis" and "vagina," one of the few so honored. Political sense is U.S. slang, first recorded 1876. Machine age is attested by 1851:

Machine for living (in) "house" translates Le Corbusier's machine à habiter (1923).

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.