Phillips screwdriver

noun

variants or less commonly Phillips-head screwdriver
plural Phillips screwdrivers also Phillips-head screwdrivers
: a screwdriver with a tip that is designed to fit into the two intersecting slots of a Phillips screw compare flathead screwdriver

Examples of Phillips screwdriver in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If your fan requires disassembly to clean, use a Phillips screwdriver, or another disassembly tool recommended by the manufacturer, and remove the back of the fan. Samantha Hunter, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Dec. 2023 This one’s made with stainless steel and comes with 15 different functions, including a multipurpose hook, large and small blades, a can opener, bottle opener, screwdriver, wire stripper, Phillips screwdriver, scissors, wood saw, toothpick, tweezers, and more. Amanda Ogle, Southern Living, 28 Nov. 2023 What to Consider The blades could be sharper and there’s no Phillips screwdriver. Barbara Bellesi Zito, Travel + Leisure, 18 Oct. 2023 This set includes two flathead screwdrivers in different sizes (small and large) and two Phillips screwdrivers, as well as a double-headed Allen wrench with a grip in the middle for ease of use. Barbara Bellesi Zito, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Mar. 2023 Lift up the edge with your pliers and Phillips screwdriver. Nicole Crowder, Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2023 But thankfully, the only tools required for assembly are a Phillips screwdriver and a ladder. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Mar. 2023 Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the pad, then take a long flat screwdriver or extended socket wrench to reach the stock bolt and undo it. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 27 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Phillips screwdriver was in 1935

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“Phillips screwdriver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Phillips%20screwdriver. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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