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cork

noun \ ˈkȯrk \
|Updated on: 11 Jun 2018

Definition of cork

1 a : the elastic tough outer tissue of the cork oak that is used especially for stoppers and insulation
b : phellem
2 : a usually cork stopper for a bottle or jug
3 : a fishing float

Examples of cork in a Sentence

  1. the cork of a wine bottle

Recent Examples of cork from the Web

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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


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cork

verb

Definition of cork

corked; corking; corks
1 : to furnish or fit with cork or a cork
2 : to stop up with a cork
  • cork a bottle
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

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First Known Use of cork

1535

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Cork

geographical name \ ˈkȯrk \

Definition of Cork

1 county of southwestern Ireland in Munster bordering on the Celtic Sea area 2880 square miles (7459 square kilometers), population 399,802
2 city and port at head of Cork Harbor, Ireland population 198,582
Note: The city of Cork is the capital of the county of Cork.


CORK Defined for English Language Learners

cork

Definition of cork for English Language Learners

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

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


CORK Defined for Kids

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cork

noun \ ˈkȯrk \

Definition of cork for Students

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 : a stopper for a bottle or jug

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cork

verb

Definition of cork for Students

corked; corking
: to stop with a stopper
  • cork a bottle


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