screw·​driv·​er | \ ˈskrü-ˌdrī-vər How to pronounce screwdriver (audio) \

Definition of screwdriver

1 : a tool for turning screws
2 : vodka and orange juice served with ice

Examples of screwdriver in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If your chair has a tack strip (a long piece of cardboard holding the cushion in instead of screws), simply pry out the staples using a flathead screwdriver. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "How To Reupholster a Chair so It Looks Just as Pretty As When You Bought It," 10 Jan. 2020 Some of the tools include needlenose pliers, a wire stripper, spring-action scissors, can opener, saw blade, screwdrivers, and two knife blades. Ben Romans, Field & Stream, "Great Survival Gift Ideas for 2019," 22 Nov. 2019 The astronauts Friday replaced a broken part of the space station’s power grid, using wrenches, screwdrivers, and power-grip tools., "In the remote northern Maine city of Caribou, residents watched with pride Friday as a hometown hero made history in an even more out-of-the-way place: outer space.," 19 Oct. 2019 But police also said Jennifer gave slightly different accounts to others, including that Thomas had slipped on water and fell into a knife or screwdriver. Jeff Truesdell,, "West Virginia Woman Blames Sexual 'Foreplay' for Her Stabbing of Husband Who Bled to Death," 10 July 2019 Taneytown police found Grove with the screwdriver and smelled a strong alcoholic odor on him, the statement reads. Mary Grace Keller,, "Taneytown man charged after allegedly breaking window, separately assaulting two men," 13 Nov. 2019 Taking on the role of helpful companion to Jodie Whittaker, the 13th Doctor, gamers will use the sonic screwdriver to problem-solve their way into the Tardis. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Here are the hottest video games to test drive at Comic-Con," 18 July 2019 The bin holding the needed screwdriver or watch or bottle of vitamins simply lights up, turning the exercise into a gentle game of Whac-A-Mole. Noam Scheiber, New York Times, "Inside an Amazon Warehouse, Robots’ Ways Rub Off on Humans," 3 July 2019 Barney Strassburger has an extension cord in one hand, jabbing into the plug with a screwdriver in his other. Keith Bierygolick,, "‘How many grandpas does it take to plug in an extension cord?’ How a ‘Grandpa Gang’ saved Christmas," 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of screwdriver

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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21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Screwdriver.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of screwdriver

: a tool that is used for turning screws


screw·​driv·​er | \ ˈskrü-ˌdrī-vər How to pronounce screwdriver (audio) \

Kids Definition of screwdriver

: a tool for turning screws

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