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corkscrew

noun cork·screw \ ˈkȯrk-ˌskrü \
Updated on: 24 Apr 2018

Definition of corkscrew

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

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First Known Use of corkscrew

1698

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corkscrew

adjective

Definition of corkscrew

: resembling a corkscrew : spiral

Examples of corkscrew in a Sentence

  1. an angelic child with beautiful corkscrew curls

First Known Use of corkscrew

1790

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corkscrew Synonyms

Near Antonyms

lineal, linear, right, straight;

Related Words

circular;

curling, curving, swirly, twisting;


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corkscrew

verb

Definition of corkscrew

1 : wind
2 : to draw out with difficulty
3 : to twist into a spiral
: to move in a winding course

Examples of corkscrew in a Sentence

  1. practically every word had to be corkscrewed out of the tight-lipped witness

  2. the trail corkscrews through dense woods to the top of the steep hill

Recent Examples of corkscrew from the Web

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First Known Use of corkscrew

1837

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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corkscrew Synonyms


CORKSCREW Defined for English Language Learners

corkscrew

Definition of corkscrew for English Language Learners

  • : a tool that is used to pull corks from bottles


CORKSCREW Defined for Kids

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corkscrew

noun cork·screw \ ˈkȯrk-ˌskrü \

Definition of corkscrew for Students

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

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corkscrew

adjective

Definition of corkscrew for Students

: having a spiral shape


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