screw·​driv·​er ˈskrü-ˌdrī-vər How to pronounce screwdriver (audio)
plural screwdrivers
: a tool for turning screws see also flathead screwdriver, phillips screwdriver
: vodka and orange juice served with ice

Examples of screwdriver in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The shooter texts his father with instructions to enter his bedroom using a screwdriver. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 27 Aug. 2023 Keep that space underneath clean of flammable debris as well and grab a screwdriver or putty knife and clean out debris from between the deck boards too. Time, 22 Aug. 2023 For example, a person with this type of apraxia knows how a screwdriver is held and twisted. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 9 Aug. 2023 For this visual feast, producers banked on comedic actor Jon Pertwee to pick up the baton, or sonic screwdriver. Cameron K McEwan, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Aug. 2023 This sandbox is a great all-around pick: It’s accessibly priced, made of real wood, and easy to assemble using a standard screwdriver. Alesandra Dubin, Parents, 31 July 2023 Use your screwdriver to give the screw another quarter turn, then repeat this process with the next hinge. Timothy Dale, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 July 2023 Water when the soil feels dry 2 inches below the surface (excluding mulch), or test the soil moisture with a screwdriver: Irrigate trees and shrubs when there is less than 1-inch of rainfall per week. oregonlive, 23 July 2023 To lower or raise your beater, use a screwdriver to turn the screw that’s located at the hinge where the body and the head of the mixer connect. Maryal Miller Carter, USA TODAY, 12 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of screwdriver was in 1735

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Cite this Entry

“Screwdriver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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screw·​driv·​er ˈskrü-ˌdrī-vər How to pronounce screwdriver (audio)
: a tool for turning screws

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