screw·​driv·​er | \ˈskrü-ˌdrī-vər \

Definition of screwdriver 

1 : a tool for turning screws

2 : vodka and orange juice served with ice

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Also featuring the Kraftform handles are the screwdrivers in their 6-Piece lasertipped set and rack, going for $48 down from $66. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Get Some Serious Work Done With These Discounted Wera Tools," 20 Nov. 2017 Officers seized the screwdriver, but the man started biting one of the officers on the head, police said. Laney Ruckstuhl,, "Boston police officers injured in struggle with Hyde Park man," 22 June 2018 Treat any curves by holding the arrow firmly on a flat surface and running the body of a screwdriver over it from end to end. Andrew Del-colle And Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make a Bow and Arrow By Hand," 5 June 2018 Disconnect their electrical plugs and then the dryer vent, which should be a simple squeeze-to-loosen metal ring or a ring clamp loosened by a screwdriver. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "8 Tips to Help You Move Like a Pro," 11 July 2018 A day after a Miami-Dade officer shot a man who sped from a traffic stop, then fled again on foot, the only potential weapon police have found near the confrontation in an Opa-locka apartment complex was a screwdriver. Charles Rabin And Martin Vassolo, miamiherald, "Witness says man shot by cops was no threat. Reps say cop heard he was armed over radio | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 Suspicious Chillicothe Road: A report was made of two men attempting to start a silver Volkswagen with a screwdriver 11:18 March 22 in a business parking lot. Joan Rusek,, "Woman brings a bone to the Russell police station," 30 Mar. 2018 The cost of hammers, screwdrivers and woodworking equipment from China will go up, too. Bruce Einhorn,, "Trump's trade war is about to hit home — and your home is no exception," 11 July 2018 Bring measuring tape, a variety of batteries and a small screwdriver to test out potential purchases. Melissa Reinert,, "Yard sale shopper: Prepare and beware," 5 July 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 \

Kids Definition of screwdriver

: a tool for turning screws

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