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

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, involute, screwlike, spiral, winding

Synonyms: Verb

extract, prize, pry, pull, root (out), tear (out), uproot, wrest, wring, yank

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Examples of corkscrew in a Sentence


an angelic child with beautiful corkscrew curls


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

Cosmic rays, in contrast, get pulled into corkscrew trajectories by magnetic fields, making their origins obscure. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Highest energy light ever seen traced to Crab Nebula," 8 July 2019 Picture a ladder that twists like a corkscrew, with the sugar and phosphate acting as the side rails and the base pairs acting as the rungs. Ryan Rossotto, National Geographic, "DNA, explained," 12 June 2019 The curvy top looks almost like a wine corkscrew, while the circular center slides snugly into the outer C-shape. Maddie Hiatt, House Beautiful, "This Faucet May Be the Chicest One We've Ever Seen," 1 Feb. 2019 The metal corkscrew was removed in 1983 when an elevator took its place. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Want a piece of the Eiffel Tower? That’ll cost you $45K," 14 Nov. 2018 The lady opens the bottle with one of those old corkscrews with arms that open on the side. Kara Baskin,, "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,, "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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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,, "Transport plane that crashed and killed 16 was headed to Marine base in Yuma," 11 July 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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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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