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

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When the man slashed at a deputy with the screwdriver, a SWAT team member fired a shot at him, Abbott said. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "Armed man arrested after barricading himself in White Center Subway," 5 Feb. 2019 Using a screwdriver is essential when putting together practically any item that requires, well...screws AKA building essentially anything made of wood. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Every Tool You Need In Your DIY Kit, Plus When To Actually Use It," 24 Jan. 2019 The struggle continued as the man turned over on his back and kicked an officer in the chest, then pulled another screwdriver out and tried to stab officers again. Laney Ruckstuhl,, "Boston police officers injured in struggle with Hyde Park man," 22 June 2018 The feedback at one show just about deafens the audience, so Fender jumps on stage and pulls a screwdriver out of his belt. David Kirby, WSJ, "‘The Birth of Loud’ Review: Constructive Feedback," 17 Jan. 2019 Relations deteriorated last year after an Israeli guard at the Israeli embassy in Amman shot and killed two Jordanians, saying one, a teenager, had tried to attack him with a screwdriver and that a second person was hit in the crossfire. Alon Bernstein, The Seattle Times, "Israeli farmers concerned about Jordan ending land lease," 22 Oct. 2018 The Pro Tech kit here comes with a 64-bit screwdriver set, which itself includes many of the bits needed to open the obscure screw heads companies like Apple or Nintendo use to discourage self-repair efforts on their devices. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the power user in your life," 4 Dec. 2018 Leatherman: Besides a knife for opening Amazon Alpha Prime boxes, this version has a pentalobe screwdriver for fixing small devices—swapping batteries, etc. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The World of 2045," 14 Oct. 2018 There’s no knife, and most of the tools on the Style PS pull double duty—the file is also a flathead screwdriver—which helps keep the overall package svelte. Graham Averill, Outside Online, "5 Do-It-All Multitools for Cheap," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of screwdriver

1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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