corkscrew

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v corkscrew move in a spiral or zigzag course
    • n corkscrew a bottle opener that pulls corks
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The corkscrew was invented by M.L. Bryn, also of New York, in 1860.
    • n corkscrew kôrk"skrṳ` An instrument with a screw or a steel spiral for drawing corks from bottles.
    • v. t Corkscrew To press forward in a winding way; as, to corkscrew one's way through a crowd.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A pig's penis is shaped like a corkscrew.
    • n corkscrew A tool consisting of a helicoidal piece or “screw” of steel, with a sharp point and a transverse handle, used to draw corks from bottles.
    • corkscrew Having the form of a corkscrew; spiral: as, a corkscrew curl.
    • corkscrew To cause to move like a corkscrew; direct or follow out in a spiral or twisting way.
    • n corkscrew A geared logging-locomotive.
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Quotations

  • Charles Dickens
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    “Bring in the bottled lightning, a clean tumbler, and a corkscrew.”

Usage

In literature:

Then a multicolored spiral, like a corkscrew column of vapor, sprang from the cylinder and flashed toward him.
"Hellhounds of the Cosmos" by Clifford Donald Simak
It's coming down corkscrew style!
"Penny of Top Hill Trail" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
I twisted and turned like a corkscrew, but I dared not leave it.
"The La Chance Mine Mystery" by Susan Carleton Jones
It seemed to me those days as if I'd been swallowing corkscrews.
"Germinie Lacerteux" by Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
He seized one and opened it with a corkscrew which lay near by.
"A Royal Prisoner" by Pierre Souvestre
No use to pitch in a corkscrew.
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
There was nothing in the pockets of the coat, except a corkscrew and a napkin.
"The Confessions of Arsène Lupin" by Maurice Leblanc
His thoughts corkscrewed and he had to fight down the rising feeling of panic.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
We afterward bought two umbrellas and a corkscrew with the money.
"If, Yes and Perhaps" by Edward Everett Hale
Clergymen and corkscrews, ii, 167.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume III (of III)" by Various
A winding staircase of iron corkscrewed upwards in one corner.
"Oswald Bastable and Others" by Edith Nesbit
But she was not abashed, and her corkscrew curls danced on her shoulders as she looked about.
"The Biography of a Prairie Girl" by Eleanor Gates
He could do the corkscrew, skate backward as easily as forward, and lie so low and near the ice that he might have kissed it.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
That would be a tedious process, seeing that the river twined in some parts like a corkscrew.
"The Fiery Totem" by Argyll Saxby
It keeps turning around like a corkscrew, and seems to be dropping all the while.
"The Big Five Motorcycle Boys on the Battle Line" by Ralph Marlow
The next thing he did was to buy a corkscrew in a shop, and go apart into a secret place in the fields.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
And as I haven't a corkscrew, I'll take the bottle with me, and get it opened downstairs.
"Brooke's Daughter" by Adeline Sergeant
It goes through my ears like a corkscrew.
"English Caricaturists and Graphic Humourists of the Nineteenth Century." by Graham Everitt
She doesn't wear corkscrew curls and hideous reform garments.
"Threads of Grey and Gold" by Myrtle Reed
Here is a machine the central part of which resembles a great corkscrew or spiral constantly revolving.
"The Hills and the Vale" by Richard Jefferies
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In poetry:

Lo! Boston girls, with corkscrew curls,
And husky westerns, wild and woolly,
And southern climes shall vaunt my rhymes,
And all profess to know me fully.
"The Poet's Metamorphosis" by Eugene Field
Commanding that corkscrew comet jet forth ink
to pitch the white world down in swivelling flood,
you overcast all order's noonday rank
and turn god's radiant photograph to shade.
"Sonnet To Satan" by Sylvia Plath
Commanding that corkscrew comet jet forth ink
to pitch the white world down in swiveling flood,
you overcast all order’s noonday rank
and turn god’s radiant photograph to shade.
"Sonnet To Satan" by Sylvia Plath
(Death instrumental,
Splitting the long eye open, and the spiral turnkey,
Your corkscrew grave centred in navel and nipple,
The neck of the nostril,
Under the mask and the ether, they making bloody
The tray of knives, the antiseptic funeral;
"I, In My Intricate Image" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

Simonsen routinely soars through the sky at breakneck speeds while performing death-defying corkscrews, loops and near-miss passes in a distinctive blue and gold Navy F/A-18 fighter jet.
Wine cork on a manual corkscrew on white background.
Wayne Rainey (60) leads Freddie Spencer (19) down Laguna Seca's Corkscrew at the 1982 AMA Superbike National.
When I arrived to shadow Raj Vaidya, head sommelier of the three-Michelin-starred restaurant Daniel in New York City, I was dressed for the part: dark suit, scuffless shoes and a corkscrew in my pocket.
Students at Corkscrew Elementary School make Peanut Butter Puppy Poppers during Jennifer Litwa's after school program May 27, 2010.
Rare blue tree frog found at Corkscrew.
Click on the gallery at left to check out a really neat photo sequence of a Florida panther using the underpass on Corkscrew Road in Lee County on Friday, Jan 7, 2011.
A Florida panther crosses beneath the underpass on Corkscrew Road in Lee County on Friday, Jan 7, 2011.
Series of photographs shows Florida panther using the underpass on Corkscrew Road in Lee County on Friday, Jan 7, 2011.
(CBS News) Have you ever been out at a party or taking it easy at home and you want to pop open a bottle of wine, but can't find a corkscrew anywhere.
Woodstorks at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Wednesday March 28, 2007.
' After Hours ' to reveal Corkscrew's evening charms.
Paw-radise is located at 21740 S Tamiami Trail just south of Corkscrew Road, Estero.
Scott McIntyre / Staff A laborer works to complete the pation roof of a home in the neighborhood, The Preserve at Corkscrew in Estero while others work on a home in the background.
Don't Have A Corkscrew To Open Your Bottle Of Wine.
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In science:

He illustrates this point with the familiar analogy of a factory which produces equal numbers of left-handed and righthanded corkscrews: the production as a whole is completely unbiased, but each individual corkscrew is asymmetric.
The cosmological origin of time-asymmetry
The cases ”more or less bigger” or ”almost symmetric” can be included in the coarse-grained version of the corkscrew theorem, since in these cases there is only a small difference with a time-symmetric model.
The cosmological origin of time-asymmetry
From this we see that the Poynting vector spirals around the z axis in a “corkscrew” fashion as the beam propagates.
Angular Momentum of Electromagnetic Radiation. Fundamental physics applied to the radio domain for innovative studies of space and development of new concepts in wireless communications
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