the part of a machine containing or directly supporting the moving or working parts, as the assembly supporting and driving the live spindle in a lathe.

1725–35; head + stock

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headstock (ˈhɛdˌstɒk)
1.  Compare tailstock the part of a machine that supports and transmits the drive to the chuck
2.  the wooden or metal block on which a church bell is hung

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They were teardrop- shaped, with fifteen strings or more and a headstock bent perpendicular to the neck.
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