cork·​screw | \ ˈkȯrk-ˌskrü How to pronounce corkscrew (audio) \

Definition of corkscrew

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a device for drawing corks from bottles that has a pointed spiral piece of metal turned by a handle



Definition of corkscrew (Entry 2 of 3)

: resembling a corkscrew : spiral


corkscrewed; corkscrewing; corkscrews

Definition of corkscrew (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

2 : to draw out with difficulty
3 : to twist into a spiral

intransitive verb

: to move in a winding course

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Examples of corkscrew in a Sentence

Adjective an angelic child with beautiful corkscrew curls Verb practically every word had to be corkscrewed out of the tight-lipped witness the trail corkscrews through dense woods to the top of the steep hill
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After the waiter left, I got distracted by the corkscrew spire on Francesco Borromini’s crowning engineering feat, the church of Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza, which looms over the square. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Stocks soar on vaccine hopes, bailouts and new plans to re-open the global economy," 26 May 2020 Along with the rotational direction, the tightness of the corkscrew can also vary. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Corkscrew light promises higher optical-communication data rates," 17 May 2020 The out-of-nowhere corkscrew chapel of Thanks-Giving Square. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "100 reasons to love Dallas right now: A critic’s list of the places that make the city and its architecture special.," 15 May 2020 Opinel knife, the classic No. 10 with the corkscrew. Beth Kracklauer, WSJ, "Why Après-Ski Is Passé," 6 Feb. 2020 Watch the video of a woman doing jumping jacks, as the camera zooms out to reveal a standard silver corkscrew doing jumping jacks of its own. Chris Erskinecolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "The coronavirus pandemic is terrifying — it’s OK to laugh," 30 Apr. 2020 This stainless steel tool has a worm-like squiggle at the bottom that allows you to twist it like a corkscrew to mix and aerate your pile. Popular Science, "Four essentials for composting outdoors," 30 Apr. 2020 The double-chute tower, which began offering rides in 2017, invites children and adults to grab hold of mats, rocket around corkscrew turns and whoop 93 feet down. New York Times, "Dying Malls? This One Has Found a Way to Thrive," 14 Jan. 2020 Then IndyCar moved on to Laguna Seca, where everyone reminisced about Bryan Herta’s 1996 loss when Alex Zanardi pulled off an impossible pass in the famed corkscrew turn. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: IndyCar closes season feeling relevant again," 23 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Narrow pathways corkscrewed tributes to her bent spine. Allan Gurganus, The New Yorker, "The Wish for a Good Young Country Doctor," 27 Apr. 2020 Coltrane by then had nearly exhausted his fascination with corkscrewing harmonic changes, and the group found its identity in a more rooted, incantatory sound, influenced by music traditions from across the globe. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "McCoy Tyner’s Essential Recordings: Listen to 11 Tracks," 9 Mar. 2020 The stern, lacking a hydrodynamic leading edge like the bow, tumbled and corkscrewed for more than two miles down to the ocean floor. National Geographic, "How the Titanic was lost and found," 22 Aug. 2019 The light emerges looking like a helix corkscrewing around a central point. Adam Mann, National Geographic, "Physicists discover croissant-shaped twists of light," 27 June 2019 When the sun hangs low in the sky, the colors and contours of the hills deepen, and photographers line the roadway that corkscrews up a thousand feet above the surrounding landscape. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "A Getaway to the ‘Tuscany of America’," 27 July 2018 Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, who as a slugger in the 1970s would appear to corkscrew himself into the earth on missed swings, is renowned for becoming the first major leaguer to hit three home runs in a World Series game. John Walters, Newsweek, "Stunning Theory Explaining MLB Home-run Barrage: Swinging Harder Works!," 3 Oct. 2017 In the second video, a Reaper-like drone is seen corkscrewing through the air, falling straight down, on fire and missing a wing. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Reaper Drone Shot Down Over Yemen," 2 Oct. 2017 The differences at this point are chiefly visual, Sky's involving what looks to be a massive, corkscrewing cloudscape set against a cerulean sky. Matt Peckham, Time, "This Is the Creator of Journey's Stunning Next Big Indie Game," 12 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of corkscrew


1698, in the meaning defined above


1790, in the meaning defined above


1837, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of corkscrew was in 1698

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“Corkscrew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of corkscrew

: a tool that is used to pull corks from bottles


cork·​screw | \ ˈkȯrk-ˌskrü How to pronounce corkscrew (audio) \

Kids Definition of corkscrew

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a pointed spiral piece of metal with a handle that is screwed into corks to pull them from bottles



Kids Definition of corkscrew (Entry 2 of 2)

: having a spiral shape

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