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Fri Jun 21 01:06:42 UTC 2002
RE the following:
> "Machinable" (capable of being processed by machine) is now
> antedated to 1957. Here's an antedating to 1920: "while all the
> 400,000 pounds of brass rods which the vendor delivered, except this
> 27,504 pounds, were readily machined, this remnant was not thus
> machinable." Century Electric Co. v. Detroit Copper & Brass Rolling
> Mills, 264 F. 49, 51 (8th Cir. 1920).
Jesse S said:
Are you sure this doesn't mean 'capable of being cut by machine tools',
which we have to 1917? I can't quite tell from the context, but it seems
as though this is likely.
The above passage undoubtedly refers to the cutting of metal by a machine
tool. Machinists, engineers, and designers speak of metal being machinable
(in varying degrees) constantly. And the industry has been around since the
early 19th century at least.
I expect that the technical literature would antedate this by decades.
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