Screw definition

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A twist or turn, as of a screw.
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To drive or tighten (a screw).
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A propeller.
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To contort (one's face).
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Any of various devices operating or threaded like a screw, as a jackscrew or screw propeller.
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To twist; turn; wind; have a motion like that of a screw.
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To treat (someone) unfairly; exploit or cheat.

Screwed me out of the most lucrative sales territory.

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(brit., slang) A salary.
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(vulgar slang) The act or an instance of having sexual intercourse.
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(vulgar slang) To have sexual intercourse with.
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To force or compel, as if by using screws.
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(slang) To engage in sexual intercourse.
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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.

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A stingy or crafty bargainer.
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To fasten, tighten, or attach by means of a screw or similar fastener.
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To attach (a tapped or threaded fitting or cap) by twisting into place.
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To rotate (a part) on a threaded axis.
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To turn or twist.
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(vulgar slang) To have sexual intercourse.
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To become attached by means of the threads of a screw.
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To be capable of such attachment.
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(chiefly brit.) A small amount of tobacco, salt, etc. in a twist of paper.
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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.
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The internal thread, or helical groove, as of a nut, into which a male screw, bolt, etc. can be turned.
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The act or an instance of turning such a screw.
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Anything that spirals or twists like the thread of a screw.
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The act of spiraling, twisting, or moving like this.
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A stingy person; miser.
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A crafty bargainer.
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A worn-out horse.
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An act or instance of sexual intercourse.
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A person with whom one engages in sexual intercourse, often, specif., one of specified competence.
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(slang) To have sexual intercourse with.
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To fasten, make secure, tighten, insert, etc. with or as with a screw or screws.
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To cheat; swindle.
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To treat unfairly.
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A simple machine, a helical inclined plane.
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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.
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(nautical) A ship's propeller.
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An Archimedes screw.
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A prison guard.
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(vulgar, slang) Sexual intercourse; the act of screwing.

Have a good screw.

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(slang) A casual sexual partner.
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(slang) Salary, wages.
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(billiards) Backspin.
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A steam vessel propelled by a screw instead of wheels.
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An extortioner; a sharp bargainer; a skinflint.

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(US, slang, dated) An instructor who examines with great or unnecessary severity; also, a searching or strict examination of a student by an instructor.
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(slang) A small packet of tobacco.

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An unsound or worn-out horse, useful as a hack, and commonly of good appearance.

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(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.
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The skeleton screw (Caprella)

The sand screw.

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To connect or assemble pieces using a screw.
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(vulgar, slang) To have sexual intercourse with.
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(slang) To cheat someone or ruin their chances in a game or other situation. Sometimes used in the form "screw over".
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To apply pressure on; to put the screws on.
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To practice extortion upon; to oppress by unreasonable or extortionate exactions.
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(soccer) To miskick (a ball) by hitting it with the wrong part of the foot.
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(billiard, snooker, pool) To screw back.
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(US, slang, dated) To examine (a student) rigidly; to subject to a severe examination.
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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 tapered and pointed wood screw.
  • A cylindrical and flat-tipped machine screw.
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A device having a helical form, such as a corkscrew.
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To twist; turn; tighten.
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To twist out of natural shape; contort.

To screw one's face up.

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To make stronger; intensify.
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To go together or come apart by being turned or twisted in the manner of a screw.

A lid that screws on.

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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.

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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.

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A cylindrical rod incised with one or more helical or advancing spiral threads, as a lead screw or worm screw.
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The tapped collar or socket that receives this rod.
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A prison guard.
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The turnkey of a jail.
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Salary; wages.
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A small paper packet, as of tobacco.
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An old broken-down horse.
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(slang) A prison guard.
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To put together or take apart with a screwlike motion.
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(slang) have a screw loose
  • To behave in an eccentric or mentally deranged manner.
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have a screw loose
  • to be eccentric, odd, etc.
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put the screws on
  • to subject to force; exert pressure on, as in exacting payment; coerce
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screw around
  • to waste time
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screw up
  • to make a mess (of), as by ineptness; bungle
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
screw
Plural:
screws

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of screw

  • Middle English skrewe from Old French escrove female screw, nut perhaps from Medieval Latin scrōfa from Latin sow sker-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English screw, scrue (“screw"); apparently, despite the difference in meaning, from Old French escroue (“nut, cylindrical socket, screwhole"), of uncertain origin. There is also the Old French escruve (“screw"), from Old Dutch *scrÅ«va ("screw"; whence Middle Dutch schruyve (“screw")), which probably influenced or conflated with the aforementioned resulting in the Middle English word.

    From Wiktionary