cork

Definitions

  • Cork Arm-Chair
    Cork Arm-Chair
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cork stuff with cork "The baseball player stuffed his bat with cork to make it lighter"
    • v cork close a bottle with a cork
    • n cork a small float usually made of cork; attached to a fishing line
    • n cork the plug in the mouth of a bottle (especially a wine bottle)
    • n Cork a port city in southern Ireland
    • n cork outer bark of the cork oak; used for stoppers for bottles etc.
    • n cork (botany) outer tissue of bark; a protective layer of dead cells
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Cork Elm. Rock Elm Cork Elm. Rock Elm

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: You are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous spider
    • Cork A mass of tabular cells formed in any kind of bark, in greater or less abundance.
    • Cork A stopper for a bottle or cask, cut out of cork.
    • Cork The outer layer of the bark of the cork tree (Quercus Suber), of which stoppers for bottles and casks are made. See Cutose.
    • Cork To furnish or fit with cork; to raise on cork. "Tread on corked stilts a prisoner's pace."
    • Cork To stop with a cork, as a bottle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Portugal is the world's largest producer of cork.
    • n cork A species of oak, Quercus Suber, growing in the south of Europe (especially in Spain and Portugal) and in the north of Africa, having a thick, rough bark, for the sake of which it is often planted. It grows to the height of from 20 to 40 feet, and yields bark every 6 to 10 years for 150 years.
    • n cork ‐2. The outer bark of this oak, which is very light and elastic, and is used for many purposes, especially for stoppers for bottles and casks, for artificial legs, for inner soles of shoes, for floats of nets, etc. It grows to a thickness of one or two inches, and after removal is replaced by a gradual annual growth from the original cork cambium. Burnt cork or Spanish black is used as an artists' pigment, and was formerly employed in medicine. Finely powdered cork has been used as an absorbent, under the name of suberin.
    • n cork In botany, a constituent of the bark of most phænogamous plants, especially of dicotyledons. It constitutes the inner growing layer known as cork cambium, cork meristem, or phellogen, the outer dead portion constituting the bulk of the bark. (See bark.) It may also occur within the stem itself, and is often formed in the repair of wounds in plants.
    • n cork Something made of cork. Specifically — A cork heel or sole in a shoe.
    • n cork A stopper or bung for a bottle, cask, or other vessel, cut out of cork; also, by extension, a stopper made of some other substance: as, a rubber cork. A small float of cork used by anglers to buoy up their fishing-lines or to indicate when a fish bites or nibbles; by extension, any such float, even when not made of cork.
    • cork Made of or with cork; consisting wholly or chiefly of cork.
    • cork To stop or bung with a piece of cork, as a bottle or cask; confine or make fast with a cork.
    • cork To stop or check as if with a cork, as a person speaking; silence suddenly or effectually: generally with up: as, this poser corked him up; cork (yourself) up.
    • cork To blacken with burnt cork, as the face, to represent a negro.
    • n cork A bristle; in the plural, bristles; beard.
    • n cork A corruption of calk.
    • n cork The name given in the Highlands of Scotland to the lichen Lecanora tartarea, yielding a crimson or purple dye. See cudbear.
    • n cork plural A game played with corks colored differently on the sides and so trimmed that they may fall either way, the players betting on whether the majority thrown will fall red or black. Sometimes called props.
    • n cork In France and Belgium, a game, a mixture of quoits and bowls.
    • n cork A variety of skittle-pool.
    • cork In currying, to grain.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1910, A baseball with a cork center was used in a World Series game for the first time. The Philadelphia Athletics (managed by Connie Mack) and the Chicago Cubs (managed by P.K. Wrigley) played for the championship.
    • n Cork kork the outer bark of the cork-tree, an oak found in the south of Europe, &c.: a stopper made of cork: any stopper
    • adj Cork made of cork
    • v.t Cork to stop with a cork: to stop up
    • adj Cork like a cork-screw in shape
    • v.i Cork to move in a spiral manner
    • v.t Cork to pull out with difficulty, as a cork: to obtain information from by force or cunning
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Quotations

  • W. C. Fields
    W.%20C.%20Fields
    “Somebody left the cork out of my lunch.”
  • William Morris Hughes
    William Morris Hughes
    “Without the Empire we should be tossed like a cork in the cross current of world politics. It is at once our sword and our shield.”

Idioms

Put a cork in it! - This is a way of telling someone to be quiet.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. G., Dan., & Sw. kork, D. kurk,; all fr. Sp. corcho, fr. L. cortex, corticis, bark, rind. Cf. Cortex

Usage

In literature:

Did you ever see such a perfectly corking saddle?
"Just Patty" by Jean Webster
That bird is simply pulling my cork!
"Skylark Three" by Edward Elmer Smith
Come, William, draw the cork, and let us taste the pink champagne.
"The Romany Rye a sequel to "Lavengro"" by George Borrow
Sir Richard Nagle, the Speaker, was the descendant of an old Norman family (said to be the same as the Nangles) settled in Cork.
"Thomas Davis, Selections from his Prose and Poetry" by Thomas Davis
She's pulled oot ta cork to let ta watter in.
"Three Boys" by George Manville Fenn
We might p'r'aps find out where the gashly hole was, and put a big cork in it.
"Sappers and Miners" by George Manville Fenn
To my joy I found that I had fixed a cork on the end of it and had thrust it into my pocket.
"Dick Cheveley" by W. H. G. Kingston
The next day we employed ourselves in refilling them from the casks, and in carefully corking and sealing them.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
I COMMENCE MY JOURNEY TO CORK.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
Eagerly I pulled out the cork.
"Snow Shoes and Canoes" by William H. G. Kingston
I have not yet reached the Cove of Cork.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
You know I can swim like a cork, and I ain't easily cooled down.
"The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands" by R.M. Ballantyne
None o' your hinflated injinrubber or cork affairs, but a reg'lar, hanimated, walkin', self-actin' life-preserver.
"The Lifeboat" by R.M. Ballantyne
And this is indeed the case; for when the force that sinks a lifeboat is removed, she rises that instant to the surface like a cork.
"Man on the Ocean" by R.M. Ballantyne
These pieces of cork to be our men of war; very well.
"A Lecture On Heads" by Geo. Alex. Stevens
Then bottle and cork air tight.
"My Pet Recipes, Tried and True" by Various
Dissolve four ounces of gum Arabic, in a quart of hot water, and set it away, in a bottle, corked.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
Just as long as you ride in that speed machine you keep close to that cork affair.
"Motor Boat Boys Mississippi Cruise" by Louis Arundel
The Backslid Baptist was busy at the moment excavating a busted cork out of the neck of a queer looking square bottle.
"Lady Luck" by Hugh Wiley
Bottle and cork well and keep in a dark place.
"The Golden Age Cook Book" by Henrietta Latham Dwight
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In poetry:

O laith, laith, were our gude Scots lords
To wet their cork-heeled shoon!
But lang or a' the play was played
They wat their hats aboon.
"Sir Patrick Spens" by Henry Morley
He thinks how happy is my arm,
'Neath its white-gloved and jeweled load;
And wishes me some dreadful harm,
Hearing the merry corks explode.
"Without And Withiin" by James Russell Lowell
"There's some from Dublin, Cork, indeed
There's some from distant Galway,
But ev'ry man, whate'er his creed,
Should own his country, alway.
"A Protestant Irishman To His Wife" by Thomas Frederick Young
A very grandiloquent Goat
Sat down to a gay table d'hote;
He ate all the corks,
The knives and the forks,
Remarking: "On these things I dote."
"The Grandiloquent Goat" by Carolyn Wells
But habit, like a cork, rides the dark flood,
And, like a cork, keeps her in walls of glass;
Faint legacies of brine tingle my blood,
The tide-wind's fading echoes, as I pass.
"A Note On Wyatt" by Kingsley Amis
For he knew, the brave ALUM, that, happen what might,
With belts and cork-jacketing, HE was all right;
Though others might sink, he was certain to swim, -
No Hareem whatever had terrors for him!
"Brave Alum Bey" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

A long-stemmed hybrid tea named 'Pop the Cork' celebrates the Portland Rose Festival as the 2013 signature rose.
'Pop the Cork' hybrid tea is the signature rose for the 2013 Portland Rose Festival .
Here Mia is carving a cork duck decoy.
I can't write about ALL of them but, I can say that Cork has a great selection of Champagne and other sparkling wines.
See Cosmo Couture's Architect-Designed Dresses Made From Carpet, Cork, Wood, Sheet Flooring , and More.
Dads, faced with a choice between your young daughter and a piece of cork wrapped in yarn and covered in cowhide, you should go with the girl.
Donegal's Michael Murphy reacts to the final whistle after beating Cork.
The virtues of cork go beyond mere science.
Spend enough time in wine country, popping corks and playing courses, and you come to learn this difference between grapes and golfers: the former like to struggle, the latter don't.
Italian Wine Authorities Have Approved Screwcaps and Synthetic Corks on High-Quality Wines.
The media sneak preview of food and wine pairings of Sept 25 Fork and the Cork winemakers' dinner offered a glimpse at the region's top gastronic gala.
When you punch a cork out of a piece of bark, it's very unusual to get one that's absolutely perfect, with no veins and no lignine.
Formerly of Donoughmore, County Cork, Ireland.
Pull a cork, do a jig .
I fished it with a popping cork and live shrimp, which worked excellently on redfish.
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In science:

The horizontal wiggly line represents the gauge field, while the vertical cork-screw lines represent graviton exchanges with the shock wave.
R-Current DIS on a Shock Wave: Beyond the Eikonal Approximation
Kilian, Department of Mathematics, University College Cork, Ireland.
Bubbletons are not embedded
Yasui, Corks, Plugs and exotic structures, J. G¨okova Geom.
Constructions of generalized complex structures in dimension four
If this would be all the story, then a pilotwave picture `a la De Broglie-Bohm would be most natural: the particle is guided by a wave, like a cork guided by water waves.
Optical tests of quantum nonlocality: from EPR-Bell tests towards experiments with moving observers
In Radioactive Isotopes of Silver and Palladium from Palladium, Kraus and Cork reported the discovery of 111Ag in 1937 . 111Ag was produced by bombarding palladium with 6.3 MeV deuterons from the University of Michigan cyclotron.
Discovery of the Silver Isotopes
Cork and Smith reported the first observation of 133Ba in their 1941 article Radioactive Isotopes of Barium from Cesium . 133Ba was produced by bombarding cesium with 9.5 MeV deuterons at the University of Michigan.
Discovery of the Barium Isotopes
The observation of 117Cd was only mentioned in a footnote: “They [Cork and Thornton ] also reported a radioactive isotope of In of 2.3-hr. half-life time which they ascribed to In117 and which appeared to grow from a 58-hr.
Discovery of the Cadmium Isotopes
Cd parent, a radioactive isotope which has been previously reported by Cork and Thornton and at the time assumed to be Cd115 .” This half-life was assigned to 115Cd in a table and must have been produced by neutron capture on 116Cd.
Discovery of the Cadmium Isotopes
However, during the spring 2007 the author received an invitation to present the “Status and prospects of nuclear energy” at the 6th ASPO meeting in Cork, Ireland in September 2007.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
Statistical sampling and model ling for cork oak and eucalyptus stands, Ph.D. thesis, Wageningen University.
A J-function for inhomogeneous point processes
Kennefick, N. ´O Murchadha, Weakly decaying asymptotically flat static and stationary solutions to the Einstein equations, University College Cork preprint, gr–qc/9311012 (1993).
"No Hair" Theorems -- Folklore, Conjectures, Results
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