Definition of rose engine in English:

rose engine

(also rose-engine lathe)


  • A lathe for engraving curved or intricate patterns.

    • ‘The rose engine lathe was bought by the King of Sweden for his palace at Drottnigholm.’
    • ‘The rose engine in the cabinet sold for 1570 livres or about the same percentage of annual income a new, well-equipped Hardinge lathe would cost a college professor today.’