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 (such as snow)
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Each team used a combination of drills, augers and an excavator to get the work done.
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A central auger slowly turns to agitate and aerate the mix and fans continually run to dry it down.
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The tool called an auger has nothing to do with people’s navels, but the words auger and navel are related. This tool was first used to bore a hole for the axle in the nave, or hub, of a wheel. Such a nave was called nafu in Old English. Nafu is related to the word nafela, which became our word navel. The Old English ancestor of auger was nafogar, which was made up of nafu and gar, meaning “spear.” By Middle English nafogar had lost a syllable and shrunk to nauger. Since a nauger sounds like an auger, people began to write an auger, and our modern spelling of the word was born.
Origin and Etymology of auger
AUGER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of auger for English Language Learners
: a sharp tool that is used chiefly for making holes
AUGER Defined for Kids
Definition of auger for Students
: a tool used for boring holes
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