Definition of screw-machine in US English:



  • 1Any of various machines which operate by means of the rotation of one or more screws or screw-like components.

  • 2Originally: any of various machines used for making screws. In later use: (more fully "automatic screw machine") any of various automatic lathes designed to produce a large number of worked pieces in a short time.

  • 3More fully "standard screw machine". A machine used for attaching soles to shoes by inserting and cutting off lengths of threaded wire. Now historical and rare.


Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Catalogue Clocks, Watches & Other Machines. From screw + machine.



/ˈskruː məˌʃiːn/