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noun au·ger \ˈ-gər\

: a sharp tool that is used chiefly for making holes

Full Definition of AUGER

:  any of various tools or devices with a helical shaft or part that are used for boring holes (as in wood, soil, or ice) or moving loose material (as snow)

Illustration of AUGER

Origin of AUGER

Middle English, alteration (resulting from false division of a nauger) of nauger, from Old English nafogār; akin to Old High German nabugēr auger, Old English nafu nave, gār spear — more at nave, gore
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Hardware Terms

adze, awl, chock, ferrule, punch, tang

Rhymes with AUGER

AUGER Defined for Kids


noun au·ger \ˈ-gər\

Definition of AUGER for Kids

:  a tool used for boring holes
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