Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various hand tools, typically having a threaded shank and cross handle, used for boring holes in wood or ice.
  • n. A drill bit.
  • n. A machine having a rotating helical shaft for boring into the earth.
  • n. A rotating helical shaft used to convey material, as in a snow blower.
  • transitive v. To drill or bore using an auger.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A carpenter's tool for boring holes larger than those bored by a gimlet.
  • n. A snake or plumber's snake (plumbing tool).
  • n. A tool used to bore holes in the ground, e.g. for fence posts
  • n. A hollow drill used to take core samples of soil, ice, etc. for scientific study.
  • v. To use an auger; to drill a hole using an auger.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A carpenter's tool for boring holes larger than those bored by a gimlet. It has a handle placed crosswise by which it is turned with both hands. A pod auger is one with a straight channel or groove, like the half of a bean pod. A screw auger has a twisted blade, by the spiral groove of which the chips are discharge.
  • n. An instrument for boring or perforating soils or rocks, for determining the quality of soils, or the nature of the rocks or strata upon which they lie, and for obtaining water.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An instrument for boring holes larger than those bored by a bit or gimlet.
  • n. An instrument for boring the soil.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. hand tool for boring holes
  • n. a long flexible steel coil for dislodging stoppages in curved pipes

Etymologies

Middle English, from an auger, alteration of a nauger, from Old English nafogār, auger.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English nauger, from Old English nafogār ("nave drill"), from Proto-Germanic *nabōgaizaz. Cognate with Dutch avegaar. (Wiktionary)

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