corkscrew

noun
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

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

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

intransitive verb

: to move in a winding course

Synonyms for corkscrew

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The first corkscrew was likely an English invention, and the inaugural patent for one was issued to Reverend Samuel Henshall in 1795. Chris Dorsey, Forbes, 11 July 2022 This larger tool, patented as the Officer’s and Sports Knife, featured a second, smaller blade and a corkscrew. Andrew Freeman, Outside Online, 21 May 2012 The solver would start by twisting the bottommost couple of pegs in the proper sequence, allowing the corkscrew to move an inch or so upward before it got stuck again. A.j. Jacobs, The Atlantic, 24 Apr. 2022 The puzzle’s main wooden column was covered top to bottom with 55 interlocking wooden pegs, which together trapped a black corkscrew rod inside. A.j. Jacobs, The Atlantic, 24 Apr. 2022 Slow masticating machines have a methodical auger (sort of like a large, sharp corkscrew) that is best suited to working its way through leafy greens, but will take on fibrous stalks and soft and juicy fruit as well. Lauren Joseph, Bon Appétit, 17 Mar. 2022 Try not to wiggle the corkscrew or pull at an angle. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 6 Dec. 2021 The Dale Coyne Racing driver, who recently committed to running the full IndyCar calendar next year, made an Alex Zanardi-like pass on Scott Dixon in the corkscrew early in Sunday's race. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Sep. 2021 The Dale Coyne Racing driver, who recently committed to running the full IndyCar calendar next year, made an Alex Zanardi-like pass on Scott Dixon in the corkscrew early in Sunday's race. Nathan Brown, USA TODAY, 20 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The corkscrew design was a copy of gun worms used in the 1600s to remove unspent charges jammed in a musket’s barrel. Chris Dorsey, Forbes, 11 July 2022 The cyclists cover epic distances over the course of three weeks, speeding past fields of sunflowers, bouncing along cobblestone roads and climbing dizzyingly steep mountains with frightening corkscrew descents. Rick Noack, Washington Post, 23 July 2022 Then there is a peeler, a corkscrew, ice tongs, tweezers, a Mint Julep strainer, a Hawthorne strainer, a fine mesh strainer, a lemon zester, and a citrus squeezer. Michael Goldstein, Forbes, 18 June 2022 Though most of the nail looks black, the corkscrew portion had a golden hue that complemented her overall black-and-gold ensemble. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 2 May 2022 In the courtyard, an old man in a blue polo and a rumpled bathing suit was trying to coax a captive kudu—a species of large antelope, with corkscrew horns—into standing with him for a selfie. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 Shyamalan, a millennial Rod Serling in love with corkscrew endings, relies on Willis’s established aura of invincibility to cleverly protect the film’s big twist: that Crowe has actually been dead since the film’s opening confrontation. Adam Nayman, The New Yorker, 6 Apr. 2022 The spiral increases the wave’s speed in an angularly dependent way, leading to a corkscrew wave. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 2 Mar. 2022 Stradlin’s effortless cool and writing talents were the perfect foil for Slash’s corkscrew licks and hot tone. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 30 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Help round out their bar cart with a gorgeous copper cocktail set, complete with a cocktail shaker, jigger, muddler, mixing spoon, strainer, liquor pourers, ice tongs, and corkscrew. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, 2 Aug. 2022 Cerecedo’s passion for the niche world of the collectible corkscrew that first captivates you. Chris Dorsey, Forbes, 11 July 2022 The shakers, dual jigger, cocktail strainer, muddler for cocktail, ice tongs, corkscrew, liquor pourers and more are all made of food-grade, rust-proof, durable stainless steel. Michael Goldstein, Forbes, 18 June 2022 That way leads to a lengthy corkscrew grind session. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 14 June 2022 The result: a quantum instability emerged, causing the fluid needle to waver, then corkscrew. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 31 Jan. 2022 The spinning needle started to waver, corkscrew, and then finally broke into even tinier tornadoes made of quantum crystals, the statement reports. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Jan. 2022 And their many, many legs may give them more power to push and corkscrew their way through the earth, Dr. Marek said. New York Times, 16 Dec. 2021 This two-part device combines a traditional spiral corkscrew with a dual-pronged ah-so cork remover. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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More Definitions for corkscrew

corkscrew

noun
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

corkscrew

adjective

Kids Definition of corkscrew (Entry 2 of 2)

: having a spiral shape

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