corkscrew

noun
cork·​screw | \ˈkȯrk-ˌskrü \

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

corkscrew

adjective

Definition of corkscrew (Entry 2 of 3)

: resembling a corkscrew : spiral

corkscrew

verb
corkscrewed; corkscrewing; corkscrews

Definition of corkscrew (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : wind

2 : to draw out with difficulty

3 : to twist into a spiral

intransitive verb

: to move in a winding course

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Synonyms for corkscrew

Synonyms: Adjective

coiling, helical, screwlike, spiral, winding

Synonyms: Verb

coil, curl, entwine, spiral, twine, twist, wind

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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

The lady opens the bottle with one of those old corkscrews with arms that open on the side. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Getting Salty with Nick Calias, executive chef and food and beverage director at Brasserie Jo and the Colonnade Hotel," 9 July 2018 Rewards for the lower levels of donations ($5-$55) range from a thank-you on social media to the usual swag: t-shirts, corkscrews, stickers. Julia Thiel, Chicago Reader, "Booze / Food & Drink How a mead that hasn’t yet hit the market exploded in popularity," 12 June 2018 Look for lots of dolphin tricks, including that underwater corkscrew maneuver, macaws in flight (there’s always one rogue one, right?) and Lycra-clad trainers doing that side-to-side and slide dance thing between instructions. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "SeaWorld Orlando sails into summer with free beer, dolphin show, 'Ignite' fireworks, more," 5 June 2018 The ride starts inside, then heads outside for hairpin turns, corkscrews, and a few loops behind a replica of the Statue of Liberty. Matt Villano, Sunset, "Top 10 Things to Do in Las Vegas with Kids," 22 Jan. 2018 Iranians were thrown into another corkscrew when Mr. Trump pulled out of the agreement, which many here had hoped would give them peace of mind and prosperity. New York Times, "As Nuclear Sanctions Loom, ‘Normal Life’ Is Elusive for Iranians," 10 May 2018 Le-a Table features a flat plane surface interrupted by a corkscrew design, which stabilizes the table as well as mimics the silhouette of her hair. Jenna Milliner-waddell, ELLE Decor, "Zaha Hadid Design Released A Table Inspired By Princess Leia’s Buns," 20 June 2017 Skipping the bottle means skipping the corkscrew—and the possibility of cardboardy corked vino. Sunset, "6 Surprisingly Great Canned Wines for Your Camping Trip," 22 Jan. 2018 The corkscrew-like movement of their tails propels them in right-hand circles along a completely random path. Nathan H. Lents, WSJ, "The Botch of the Human Body," 13 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The real risk-takers make a beeline for the corkscrewing tubular Black Slides. Blaine And Birch Bay, The Seattle Times, "10 ways to feel like a kid again on your summer getaway," 3 Aug. 2017 The KC-130 tanker corkscrewed into the ground Monday afternoon about 85 miles north of Jackson, the state capital, officials said. CBS News, "U.S. Marine Corps KC-130 crash details released by military," 11 July 2017 Navy and Marine Corps investigators are starting to probe why a military transport plane suddenly corkscrewed into a Mississippi soybean field on Monday, killing all 16 personnel onboard. Carl Prine, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Transport plane that crashed and killed 16 was headed to Marine base in Yuma," 11 July 2017 A charged particle in the very short-term can still be thought of as corkscrewing around a single field line. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Wibbly-wobbly magnetic fusion stuff: The return of the stellarator," 9 June 2017 Beneath the dark canopy, vines corkscrew around bulbous trunks and palms burst up like giant shuttlecocks from the dense foliage underfoot. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "Madagascar: The Greatest Adventure You Haven't Had Yet," 28 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of corkscrew

Noun

1698, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1790, in the meaning defined above

Verb

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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More Definitions for corkscrew

corkscrew

noun

English Language Learners Definition of corkscrew

: a tool that is used to pull corks from bottles

corkscrew

noun
cork·​screw | \ˈkȯrk-ˌskrü \

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

corkscrew

adjective

Kids Definition of corkscrew (Entry 2 of 2)

: having a spiral shape

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