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cork

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noun \ˈkȯrk\

Definition of cork

  1. 1 a :  the elastic tough outer tissue of the cork oak that is used especially for stoppers and insulation b :  phellem

  2. 2 :  a usually cork stopper for a bottle or jug

  3. 3 :  a fishing float



Examples of cork in a sentence

  1. the cork of a wine bottle



Origin and Etymology of cork

Middle English, cork, bark, probably from Middle Dutch *kurk or Middle Low German korck, from Old Spanish alcorque, ultimately from dialect Arabic qurq, from Latin quercus oak — more at fir


First Known Use: 14th century


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cork

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Simple Definition of cork

  • : to close (something, such as a bottle) with a cork

  • : to put cork inside (something, such as a baseball bat)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cork

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to furnish or fit with cork or a cork

  3. 2 :  to stop up with a cork <cork a bottle>

  4. 3 :  to blacken with burnt cork <corked faces>

Examples of cork in a sentence

  1. a corked bottle of wine

  2. a player who has been accused of illegally corking his bats



1535

First Known Use of cork

1535

Rhymes with cork


Cork

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geographical name \ˈkȯrk\

Definition of Cork

  1. 1 county SW Ireland in Munster area 2880 square miles (7459 square kilometers), pop 447,829

  2. 2 city & port, its ∗, at head of Cork harbor pop 123,062



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CORK Defined for Kids

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cork

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noun \ˈkȯrk\

Definition of cork for Students

  1. 1 :  the light but tough material that is the outer layer of bark of a tree (cork oak) and is used especially for stoppers and insulation

  2. 2 :  a stopper for a bottle or jug




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cork

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verb

Definition of cork for Students

corked

corking

  1. :  to stop with a stopper <cork a bottle>




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