Archimedes' screw


Ar·​chi·​me·​des' screw ˌär-kə-ˈmē-dēz- How to pronounce Archimedes' screw (audio)
: a device made of a tube bent spirally around an axis or of a broad-threaded screw encased by a cylinder and used to raise water

Illustration of Archimedes' screw

Illustration of archimedes' screw

Word History



First Known Use

1653, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Archimedes' screw was in 1653

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“Archimedes' screw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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