Definition of engine turning in US English:

engine turning


  • The decoration of metal or ceramic objects with regular engraved patterns using a lathe.

    • ‘Perhaps the most fascinating of the decorative arts is engine turning, a centuries-old craft.’
    • ‘Because Engine Turning is such a labor-intensive process, it came to be associated with high quality luxury items.’
    • ‘The leopardskin borders are created of translucent enamel over engine turning in imitation of moire silk.’