Potter's wheel

Potter's wheel
Potter Pot"ter, n. [Cf. F. potier.] 1. One whose occupation is to make earthen vessels. --Ps. ii. 9. [1913 Webster]

The potter heard, and stopped his wheel. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

2. One who hawks crockery or earthenware. [Prov. Eng.] --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

3. One who pots meats or other eatables. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) The red-bellied terrapin. See {Terrapin}. [1913 Webster]

{Potter's asthma} (Med.), emphysema of the lungs; -- so called because very prevalent among potters. --Parkers.

{Potter's clay}. See under {Clay}.

{Potter's field}, a public burial place, especially in a city, for paupers, unknown persons, and criminals; -- so named from the field south of Jerusalem, mentioned in --Matt. xxvii. 7.

{Potter's ore}. See {Alquifou}.

{Potter's wheel}, a horizontal revolving disk on which the clay is molded into form with the hands or tools. ``My thoughts are whirled like a potter's wheel.'' --Shak.

{Potter wasp} (Zo["o]l.), a small solitary wasp ({Eumenes fraternal}) which constructs a globular nest of mud and sand in which it deposits insect larv[ae], such as cankerworms, as food for its young. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • potter's wheel — noun count a round flat wheel that a potter uses to make dishes or containers out of clay …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • potter's wheel — potter s wheels N COUNT A potter s wheel is a piece of equipment with a flat disc which spins round, on which a potter puts soft clay in order to shape it into a pot …   English dictionary

  • potter's wheel — n a piece of equipment that turns around, onto which wet clay is placed so that it can be shaped by hand into a pot …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • potter's wheel — ► NOUN ▪ a horizontal revolving disc on which wet clay is shaped into pots, bowls, etc …   English terms dictionary

  • potter's wheel — n. a rotating horizontal disk, mounted on a vertical shaft and turned by foot or by a motor, upon which clay is molded into bowls, pots, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Potter's wheel — In pottery, a potter s wheel is a machine used in the shaping of round ceramic wares. The wheel may also be used during the process of trimming excess body from dried wares and for applying incised decoration or rings of colour. Use of the potter …   Wikipedia

  • potter's wheel — noun a horizontal rotating wheel holding the clay being shaped by a potter the potter s wheel was invented in Asia Minor around 6500 BC • Hypernyms: ↑wheel * * * noun, pl ⋯ wheels [count] : a machine with a flat disk on which a potter shapes wet… …   Useful english dictionary

  • potter's wheel —    A revolving horizontal disk, sometimes called a head, on which clay is shaped manually into pottery vessels. The simplest form of wheel is the kickwheel. To operate it, the potter kicks or propells some form of disk, crank, or treddle in order …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • potter's wheel — pot′ter s wheel n. cer a device with a rotating horizontal disk upon which clay is molded by a potter • Etymology: 1720–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • potter's wheel — noun Date: 1567 a usually horizontal disk revolving on a vertical spindle and carrying the clay being shaped by a potter …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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