corkscrew (plural corkscrews)
- An implement for opening bottles that are sealed by a cork. Sometimes specifically such an implement that includes a screw-shaped part, or worm.
- I opened the wine with a corkscrew.
- 1999, James Lighthill, “Biofluiddynamics: A Survey”, in Contemporary Mathematics, volume 141, page 11:
- A corkscrew is designed so that when it is turned it creates effectively a helical undulation pushing it into the cork, whereas rotation in the opposite sense pulls it out.
- 2006, Costas Katsigris & Chris Thomas, The Bar and Beverage Book, 4th ed. edition, page 152:
- A two-prong or ah-so corkscrew with sheath.
- The screw-shaped worm of a typical corkscrew.
- (boxing, martial arts) A type of sharp, twisting punch, often one thrown close and from the side.
- (amusement rides) A type of inversion used in roller coasters.
- 1987, September, “Tim Cole”, in Killer Coasters, page 56:
- A corkscrew has a 90° turn just prior to the loop and a 90° turn just afterward.
implement for opening bottles sealed by a cork
boxing, martial arts: a type of sharp, twisting punch
corkscrew (not comparable)
- Having the tightly winding shape of a corkscrew.
- 1841, John Ruskin, chapter I, in The King of the Golden River:
- Then the old gentleman spun himself round with velocity in the opposite direction, continued to spin until his long cloak was all wound neatly about him, clapped his cap on his head, very much on one side (for it could not stand upright without going through the ceiling), gave an additional twist to his corkscrew mustaches, and replied with perfect coolness.
- 1885, Rudyard Kipling, "The City of Dreadful Night"
- All the heat of a decade of fierce Indian summers is stored in the pitch-black, polished walls of the corkscrew staircase.
- (having a tightly winding shape): helical
having the winding shape of a corkscrew
- (intransitive) To wind or twist in the manner of a corkscrew; to move with much horizontal and vertical shifting.
- (transitive) To cause something to twist or move in a spiral path or shape.
- 2006, Rocky Raab, Baggy Zero Four, page 155:
- Rusty corkscrewed the plane back down again, but instead of mashing the throttles to the wall, he pulled them to idle.
- 2007, Mike Monahan, Barracuda, page 107:
- Soon he was corkscrewed into place, suspended from the ceiling in an impossible maze of unforgiving circuitry.
- (transitive, informal) To extract information or consent from someone.
- (move in a corkscrew path): spiral
to wind or twist in the path of a corkscrew
to extract information or consent from someone