American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A device for drawing corks from bottles, consisting of a pointed metal spiral attached to a handle.
- adj. Spiral in shape.
- v. To move or cause to move in a spiral or winding course.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tool consisting of a helicoidal piece or “screw” of steel, with a sharp point and a transverse handle, used to draw corks from bottles.
- Having the form of corkscrew; spiral: as, a corkscrew curl.
- To cause to move like a corkscrew; direct or follow out in a spiral or twisting way.
- n. A geared logging-locomotive.
- n. An implement for opening bottles that are sealed by a cork. Sometimes specifically such an implement that includes a screw-shaped part, or worm.
- n. The screw-shaped worm of a typical corkscrew.
- n. boxing, martial arts A type of sharp, twisting punch, often one thrown close and from the side.
- n. amusement rides A type of inversion used in roller coasters.
- adj. Having the tightly winding shape of a corkscrew.
- v. intransitive To wind or twist in the manner of a corkscrew; to move with much horizontal and vertical shifting.
- v. transitive To cause something to twist or move in a spiral path or shape.
- v. To extract information or consent from someone.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An instrument with a screw or a steel spiral for drawing corks from bottles.
- adj. shaped like a corkscrew; spiral; helical.
- v. colloq. To press forward in a winding way.
- n. a bottle opener that pulls corks
- v. move in a spiral or zigzag course
- From cork + screw (Wiktionary)
“It's what we call a corkscrew lie down here," I explained.”
“If you want to splurge on a handsome gift, a corkscrew is a stately way to go.”
“Tirabuzón is a word for corkscrew, which is sort of what Fernando's Sunday pitch, his screwball, looks like to National Baseball League batters as it twists and dips.”
“They stay at a relatively high altitude, then bank hard and come down in what's called a corkscrew landing.”
“A corkscrew is a familiar illustration of the screw.”
“The thing which might have been mistaken for a tricycle turned upside-down was the inexpressibly important instrument to which the corkscrew was the key.”
“Ballyvaughan called the corkscrew (you can guess why) and drove and drove and drove, and then Car 1 turned around, and we followed and Car 3 followed us.”
“But not nearly as clever as my corkscrew, which is a machete.”
“The pleasure starts with buying a fine object; the whole retail experience is superior if the corkscrew is a luxury product.”
“The midwife was able to use something called a corkscrew maneuver (exactly what it wounds like) to get him out and begin oxygen.”
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