Definitions

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

  • n. A tool used for turning screws.
  • n. A cocktail made with vodka and orange juice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hand or machine tool which engages with the head of a screw and allows torque to be applied to turn the screw, thus driving it in or loosening it.
  • n. A drink made of vodka and orange juice.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

screw +‎ driver.

Examples

  • Everyone tells me I can just use a hammer and flat-head screwdriver to loosen the top collar piece, and then turn the bottom where I want it and tighten the top again with the hammer/screwdriver… but it doesn’t make sense to me that you could go down on the bottom collar without a spanner – doesn’t the spring want to force it up, causing way too much resistance to turn by hand?

    kevynwight Diary Entry

  • And if that wasn't hard enough, during an encounter with Zero the Doctor's sonic screwdriver is destroyed.

    TV REVIEW: Doctor Who - 'The Eleventh Hour'

  • Click the third manipulator, and click the UFO in the room you are transported to to receive an IC board, and pick up a screwdriver from a chair on the far right.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • In one episode ( "Daleks in Manhattan" or "Evolution of the Daleks" - can't recall), the writers made an effort (however brief) to show that the sonic screwdriver is not the Universal Fixxer-Upper Device by having the Doctor drop it beyond his reach.

    August 2007

  • It’s not an inherently “Information Architecture” activity any more than the screwdriver is an “auto repair” tool.

    inkblurt · A Layer Model for the IA Profession

  • 3 - Use the key on the wardrobe and take the screwdriver from the locked compartment.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • Photobucket Ten’s screwdriver is on the left, Eleven’s is on the right.

    Planet-x.com.au » 10th_letter: Warning! Dr. Who nerdiness ahead!

  • Don’t know about you, but I could make a pretty good weapon out of nice, thin screwdriver of that length, and just what else are you going to do with it inside the aircraft cabin?

    2006 December « Hyperpat’s HyperDay

  • Wars should not be micromanaged, by what's sneeringly referred to in the Pentagon by an 8,000 mile screwdriver, that is, Washington.

    CNN Transcript Nov 18, 2006

  • On the other hand, the screwdriver was a good choice.

    The crush

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