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.

Usage examples for screw

  1. Screw up your courage, my good friend, and resolve to show the world that you are an honest man.... – A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II) by Augustus de Morgan
  2. Screw upon back of neck base- board a one by three inch piece with free end dropping a few inches below bottom of base- board so that head may be handily set in a vise. – Taxidermy by Leon Luther Pray
  3. Screw tops on immediately as tight as possible. – Cookery for Little Girls by Olive Hyde Foster
  4. Screw threads are designated by their pitch or the distance between the threads. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  5. Screw on rod is where oil is poured into connecting rod to lubricate wrist pin and crankshaft. – The 1893 Duryea Automobile In the Museum of History and Technology by Don H. Berkebile
  6. Screw in two binding posts for the cord ends of the telephone receivers at a and b as shown at A in Fig. – The Radio Amateur's Hand Book by A. Frederick Collins
  7. Screw it firmly to the boat. – What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  8. Screw loose on m'wheel. – The City of Fire by Grace Livingston Hill
  9. Screw cutting lathe with independent feed. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  10. 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
  11. Screw the end of a piece of heavy copper wire to the lower post of the arrester and run it to the ground, on porcelain knobs if necessary, and solder it to an iron rod or pipe which you have driven into the earth. – The Radio Amateur's Hand Book by A. Frederick Collins
  12. Screw was his name, an' a real kind- hearted fellow he was too- only he couldn't keep his hand off that curse o' mankind, the bottle. – Charlie to the Rescue by R.M. Ballantyne
  13. Screw up your courage and wake Steve. – Life Blood by Thomas Hoover
  14. Screw up your courage. – The Crown of Life by George Gissing