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 What looked like a back-and-forth wiggle in 2D now appears more like a corkscrew motion. Scientific American, "Nanomachines, Jellyfish Hugs and Hurricane Dorian From Space: The Week's Best Science GIFs," 30 Aug. 2019 The pig’s curly tail flicked around like a corkscrew until bidding ended at $14,000 by Beer Capital Distributing. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gov. Tony Evers sells his first livestock at State Fair auction," 7 Aug. 2019 Only one kid was there, a wide-eyed sturdy toddler gnawing corkscrew pasta and tossing plastic automobiles like Godzilla. Andrew Simmons,, "Kid-friendly taprooms booming in the East Bay. Is that a good thing?," 13 Aug. 2019 The space has a gas fireplace, mahogany bookshelves, an adjoining card room, a TV screen that lowers from the ceiling, and a barn-like silo with a corkscrew stairwell that ends in a viewing platform. John R. Ellement,, "Doris Kearns Goodwin plans to sell Concord home," 7 Aug. 2019 And this inventory doesn’t account for the corkscrews scattered elsewhere in the house or, well, in the luggage. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Wine drinkers don’t only collect bottles. It’s really the gadgets that pile up.," 9 Aug. 2019 The Corbly Trail corkscrews up under the north overlook and lets you out at the top parking area, and the Sullivan Trail, too, climbs up the eastern slope of the knob. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "A Day in the Neighborhood: Iroquois is an international smorgasbord of community," 6 June 2019 One of those flips, a corkscrew at 197 feet above the ground, sets a world record for highest inversion. Susan Glaser,, "Kennywood’s new Pittsburgh Steelers-themed roller coaster, the Steel Curtain, debuts Saturday," 11 July 2019 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 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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