coun·​ter·​sink | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌsiŋk How to pronounce countersink (audio) \
countersunk\ ˈkau̇n-​tər-​ˌsəŋk How to pronounce countersunk (audio) \; countersinking

Definition of countersink

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make a countersink on (a hole)
2 : to set the head of (something, such as a screw) at or below the surface



Definition of countersink (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a bit or drill for making a funnel-shaped enlargement at the outer end of a drilled hole
2 : the enlargement made by a countersink

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Examples of countersink in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Now, assemble per the photo and countersink the screws. 💡When decorating, avoid a high-gloss paint or finish, which is so slick the bags will slide off the board. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Bored? Let's Build a Cornhole Game Set," 11 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If screw heads sit slightly above the surface, remove, countersink, and screw back in. The Editors Of House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "How to Fix Scratched and Creaky Floorboards," 11 Feb. 2015

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First Known Use of countersink


1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Countersink.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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