- 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.
screw definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
screw definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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 of or as if 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.
- To drive or tighten (a screw).
- a. To fasten, tighten, or attach by or as if by means of a screw.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 take advantage of; 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: Middle English skrewe, from Old French escrove, female screw, nut, perhaps from Medieval Latin scrōfa, from Latin, sow; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
- screwˈa·ble adjective
- screwˈer noun
left to right: round-head machine screw, flat-head wood screw, and round-head wood screw
screw - Phrases/Idioms
have a screw loose
put the screws onâ
have a screw loose
- To behave in an eccentric manner.
- To be insane.