• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Screw-key a lever for turning the nut of a screw
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Earlier scrue. O. Fr. escrou, prob. L. scrobem, accus. of scrobs, a hole; or Low Ger. schruve, Dut. schroef, Ice. skrufa, Ger. schraube.


In literature:

After twisting and screwing the keys, he played some Bohemian airs, without the organ to hold him back, and that went better.
"My Antonia" by Willa Cather
Down the screw-shaft ran murmurs and warnings, while a heart-diseased flutter without told that the propeller needed re-keying.
"The Day's Work, Volume 1" by Rudyard Kipling
It well screw them up into a better key, and they'll not be so reserved.
"The Dynasts" by Thomas Hardy
He also sent him to buy four screw-rings and two padlocks fastening with keys.
"The Companions of Jehu" by Alexandre Dumas, père
I was upon the screw-stair in total darkness, the key in my fingers.
"The Room in the Dragon Volant" by J. Sheridan LeFanu
He had got himself several kinds of tools, and he could easily repair or make anew a screw, a key, and so on.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XVII. No. 101. May, 1876." by Various
This can generally be stopped by simply turning the back screw down until tight, which can be done without taking the key out.
"Piano Tuning" by J. Cree Fischer
Cartridge-boxes and belts, furnished with cartridges and percussion-caps, screw-driver, cone-key, and wiper.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN
The key is a screw: by taking the screw out, the padlock shuts; by screwing it in, it opens.
"Fred Markham in Russia" by W. H. G. Kingston
Screwing up my courage to the utmost, I applied the key.
"The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands" by R.M. Ballantyne
When the key A contacts with the screw heads G, J, a click is produced, one when the key is pressed down and the other when the key is released.
"Electricity for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
The pinions are arranged so that they can be worked with the same screw key that is used for the bolts in the circular grooves.
"Mechanical Drawing Self-Taught" by Joshua Rose
The block is screwed to the door a short distance above the top of the key.
"Shelters, Shacks and Shanties" by D.C. Beard
Peppers was thumping the fiddle strings with his thumb, and screwing up the keys.
"Dwellers in the Hills" by Melville Davisson Post
The lower end was shaped like a screw, only on pressing the handle a key appeared.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
They formed processions and marched about the streets with bundles of screws, strung like bunches of keys, at the end of poles.
"World's End" by Richard Jefferies
I was upon the screw-stair in total darkness, the key in my fingers.
"In a Glass Darkly, v. 2/3" by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Tom also added a box of steel spikes and a key to screw them in with.
"Boy Scouts in Glacier Park" by Walter Prichard Eaton
Nobody's likely to want to, but I'll put a screw in the window, and give you the key.
"A Damaged Reputation" by Harold Bindloss
This hook is held in place by two iron collars fastened to the tumbling rod by means of keys or set-screws.
"Farm Mechanics" by Herbert A. Shearer

In news:

Sharing findings from the literature and pearls from their own experience, these authors examine pertinent considerations and keys to facilitating optimal placement of internal screw fixation in subtalar joint arthrodesis procedures.
Twin-screw extruders are key as processors crank out better-for-you 'salty' snacks.
Both key and screw will be unusable after removal .
Note: Both key and screw will be unusable after removal .
Both key and screw will be unusable after removal.

In science:

The focus is performed using the long screw located beneath the support (using a key #7 (tbc)) .
AMBER Task Force February 2008 run report