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Definitions of screw

  1. A cylinder of metal or wood threaded in a forward- moving spiral on its external surface; also a hollow so threaded that such a cylinder fits and advances in it; anything containing or resembling such a device; as, a wood screw; a turn of, or as of, such a device; a means of propelling steamships, etc.
  2. To press by, or fasten with, a spirally threaded cylinder moving in a similarly threaded hollow; twist; force; as, to screw one's courage to the sticking point; to turn, as with a screw; to twist or distort; to extort; with out, of, or from.
  3. To turn with a motion like a screw.
  4. A cylinder with a spiral groove or ridge on either its outer or inner surface, used as a fastening and as a mechanical power: a screw- propeller.
  5. To apply a screw to: to press with a screw: to twist: to oppress by extortion: to force: to squeeze.
  6. A cylinder grooved spirally, used for various purposes.
  7. To apply a screw to; fasten or press with a screw; twist; extort.
  8. To fasten with a screw or screws.
  9. To oppress; twist; distort.
  10. To turn; twist about; practise oppression.
  11. A cylinder grooved in an advancing spiral.
  12. A bladed propelier. screw propeller.
  13. An extortioner.
  14. A cylinder of wood or metal grooved spirally; one of the six mechanical powers, being a modification of the inclined plane; a screw- propeller.
  15. To turn or apply a screw to; to fasten by a screw; to squeeze; to press; to oppress by exactions; to distort.
  16. A bolt or bar of metal or wood, generally of small size, with a spiral thread or ridge, called the exterior or male screw- a socket or tube with the spiral thread indented is called the interior or female screw- used for fastening; one of the mechanical powers, commonly called the screw and nut; a niggardly person.
  17. To turn or move by a screw; to press; to squeeze; to fasten with a screw; to deform by contortions; to oppress by exactions; to twist.
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Usage examples for screw

  1. Screw on your bench two pieces of wood about 18 inches in length and 4 inches wide, so that they project over the edge of the bench about 10 inches. – Boys' Book of Model Boats by Raymond Francis Yates
  2. Screw up your courage and wake Steve. – Life Blood by Thomas Hoover
  3. Screw up your courage. – The Crown of Life by George Gissing
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