- The definition of a screw is a piece of metal with a threaded surface and a point on one end and a slotted head that is twisted to penetrate and fasten two things together.
An example of a screw is the pointy piece of metal you use to attach shelves to a wall.
- Screw means to twist or rotate something in order to attach or tighten it.
An example of screw is when you put a cap back on a bottle of soda.
- To screw is a slang expression meaning to cheat someone out of something.
An example of screw is when you swindle money by pretending to be someone you are not.
- a mechanical device for fastening things together, consisting essentially of a cylindrical or conical piece of metal threaded evenly around its outside surface with an advancing spiral ridge and commonly having a slotted head: it penetrates only by being turned, as with a screwdriveralso called male screw
- the internal thread, or helical groove, as of a nut, into which a male screw, bolt, etc. can be turnedalso called female screw
- the act or an instance of turning such a screw
- a mechanical device for fastening things together, consisting essentially of a cylindrical or conical piece of metal threaded evenly around its outside surface with an advancing spiral ridge and commonly having a slotted head: it penetrates only by being turned, as with a screwdriver
- any of various devices operating or threaded like a screw, as a jackscrew or screw propeller
- anything that spirals or twists like the thread of a screw
- the act of spiraling, twisting, or moving like this
- Slang a prison guard
- Chiefly Brit. a small amount of tobacco, salt, etc. in a twist of paper
- Chiefly Brit., Slang
- a stingy person; miser
- a crafty bargainer
- a worn-out horse
- Brit., Slang a salary
- Slang, Vulgar
- an act or instance of sexual intercourse
- a person with whom one engages in sexual intercourse, often, specif., one of specified competence
Origin of screwMiddle English screwe ; from Middle French escroue, hole in which the screw turns ; from Classical Latin scrofa, sow, influenced, influence by scrobis, vulva
- to twist; turn; tighten
- to fasten, make secure, tighten, insert, etc. with or as with a screw or screws
- to put together or take apart with a screwlike motion
- to twist out of natural shape; contort: to screw one's face up
- to make stronger; intensify: often with up
- to force or compel, as if by using screws
- to cheat; swindle
- to treat unfairly
- Slang, Vulgar to have sexual intercourse with
- to go together or come apart by being turned or twisted in the manner of a screw: a lid that screws on
- to twist; turn; wind; have a motion like that of a screw
- Slang, Vulgar to engage in sexual intercourse
have a screw loose
put the screws on☆
- a. A cylindrical rod incised with one or more helical or advancing spiral threads, as a lead screw or worm screw.b. The tapped collar or socket that receives this rod.
- A metal pin with incised threads and a broad slotted head that can be driven as a fastener by turning with a screwdriver, especially:a. A tapered and pointed wood screw.b. A cylindrical and flat-tipped machine screw.
- A device having a helical form, such as a corkscrew.
- A propeller.
- A twist or turn, as of a screw.
- Slang a. A prison guard.b. The turnkey of a jail.
- Vulgar Slang The act or an instance of having sexual intercourse.
- Chiefly British Slang a. Salary; wages.b. A small paper packet, as of tobacco.c. An old broken-down horse.d. A stingy or crafty bargainer.
verbscrewed, screw·ing, screws
- To drive or tighten (a screw).
- a. To fasten, tighten, or attach by means of a screw or similar fastener.b. To attach (a tapped or threaded fitting or cap) by twisting into place.c. To rotate (a part) on a threaded axis.
- To contort (one's face).
- Slang To treat (someone) unfairly; exploit or cheat: screwed me out of the most lucrative sales territory.
- Vulgar Slang To have sexual intercourse with.
- To turn or twist.
- a. To become attached by means of the threads of a screw.b. To be capable of such attachment.
- Vulgar Slang To have sexual intercourse.
Origin of screwMiddle English skrewe, from Old French escrove, female screw, nut, perhaps from Medieval Latin scrōfa, from Latin, sow; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
left to right: round-head machine screw, flat-head wood screw, and round-head wood screw
- A simple machine, a helical inclined plane.
- A (usually) metal fastener consisting of a shank partially or completely threaded shank, sometimes with a threaded point, and a head used to both hold the top material and to drive the screw either directly into a soft material or into a prepared hole.
- (nautical) A ship's propeller.
- An Archimedes screw.
- A prison guard.
- (vulgar, slang) Sexual intercourse; the act of screwing.
- have a good screw
- (slang) A casual sexual partner.
- (slang) Salary, wages.
- (billiards) Backspin.
- A steam vessel propelled by a screw instead of wheels.
- An extortioner; a sharp bargainer; a skinflint.
- (US, slang, dated) An instructor who examines with great or unnecessary severity; also, a searching or strict examination of a student by an instructor.
- (slang) A small packet of tobacco.
- An unsound or worn-out horse, useful as a hack, and commonly of good appearance.
- (mathematics) A straight line in space with which a definite linear magnitude termed the pitch is associated. It is used to express the displacement of a rigid body, which may always be made to consist of a rotation about an axis combined with a translation parallel to that axis.
- An amphipod crustacean.
- the skeleton screw (Caprella)
- the sand screw
(third-person singular simple present screws, present participle screwing, simple past and past participle screwed)
- To connect or assemble pieces using a screw.
- (vulgar, slang) To have sexual intercourse with.
- (slang) To cheat someone or ruin their chances in a game or other situation. Sometimes used in the form "screw over".
- To apply pressure on; to put the screws on.
- To practice extortion upon; to oppress by unreasonable or extortionate exactions.
- To contort.
- (soccer) To miskick (a ball) by hitting it with the wrong part of the foot.
- (billiard, snooker, pool) To screw back.
- (US, slang, dated) To examine (a student) rigidly; to subject to a severe examination.
From Middle English screw, scrue (â€œscrewâ€); apparently, despite the difference in meaning, from Old French escroue (â€œnut, cylindrical socket, screwholeâ€), of uncertain origin. There is also the Old French escruve (â€œscrewâ€), from Old Dutch *scrÅ«va ("screw"; whence Middle Dutch schruyve (â€œscrewâ€)), which probably influenced or conflated with the aforementioned resulting in the Middle English word.
Old French escroue (whence Medieval Latin scrofa (â€œnut, screwholeâ€)), is believed to be an adaptation of Latin scrÅfa (â€œsow, female pigâ€); but this development is not found in other Romance languages. (For change in meaning, compare also Spanish puerca, Portuguese porca, both â€˜sow; screw nutâ€™, and is based on the fact that a boar's penis has a screw-like tip, making the sow's vulva equivalent to a screw nut by analogy).
Old Dutch *scrÅ«va derives from Proto-Germanic *skrÅ«bÅ (â€œscrewâ€), from Proto-Germanic *skru- (â€œto cutâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keru-, *(s)ker- (â€œto cutâ€), and is related to German Schraube (â€œscrewâ€), Low German schruve, schruwe (â€œscrewâ€), Dutch schroef (â€œscrewâ€), West Frisian skroef (â€œscrewâ€), Danish skrue (â€œscrewâ€), Swedish skruf (â€œscrew, pegâ€), Icelandic skrÃºfa (â€œscrewâ€).
Compare also Occitan escrofa (â€œscrew nutâ€), Calabrese scrufina (â€œscrew nutâ€), which may be borrowings of the Old French word, or parallel developments.