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head +‎ stock


headstock (plural headstocks)

  1. (mining) A headframe.
    • 1913, DH Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 6
      It was a beautiful day. At Brinsley pit the white steam melted slowly in the sunshine of a soft blue sky; the wheels of the headstocks twinkled high up; the screen, shuffling its coal into the trucks, made a busy noise.
  2. A part of a machine (such as a lathe or drill) that supports a rotating part
  3. A beam that supports a bell.
  4. A clamp that restrains a cow by the neck.
  5. The part of a lute-type string instrument, such as a guitar, that holds the tuning pegs or tensioning screws of the strings.