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Definition of Screw


  1. A cylinder, or a cylindrical perforation, having a continuous rib, called the thread, winding round it spirally at a constant inclination, so as to leave a continuous spiral groove between one turn and the next, -- used chiefly for producing, when revolved, motion or pressure in the direction of its axis, by the sliding of the threads of the cylinder in the grooves between the threads of the perforation adapted to it, the former being distinguished as the external, or male screw, or, more usually the screw; the latter as the internal, or female screw, or, more usually, the nut.
  2. Specifically, a kind of nail with a spiral thread and a head with a nick to receive the end of the screw-driver. Screws are much used to hold together pieces of wood or to fasten something; -- called also wood screws, and screw nails. See also Screw bolt, below.
  3. Anything shaped or acting like a screw; esp., a form of wheel for propelling steam vessels. It is placed at the stern, and furnished with blades having helicoidal surfaces to act against the water in the manner of a screw. See Screw propeller, below.
  4. A steam vesel propelled by a screw instead of wheels; a screw steamer; a propeller.
  5. An extortioner; a sharp bargainer; a skinflint; a niggard.
  6. An instructor who examines with great or unnecessary severity; also, a searching or strict examination of a student by an instructor.
  7. A small packet of tobacco.
  8. An unsound or worn-out horse, useful as a hack, and commonly of good appearance.
  9. A straight line in space with which a definite linear magnitude termed the pitch is associated (cf. 5th Pitch, 10 (b)). 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.
  10. An amphipod crustacean; as, the skeleton screw (Caprella). See Sand screw, under Sand.
  11. To turn, as a screw; to apply a screw to; to press, fasten, or make firm, by means of a screw or screws; as, to screw a lock on a door; to screw a press.
  12. To force; to squeeze; to press, as by screws.
  13. Hence: To practice extortion upon; to oppress by unreasonable or extortionate exactions.
  14. To twist; to distort; as, to screw his visage.
  15. To examine rigidly, as a student; to subject to a severe examination.
  16. To use violent mans in making exactions; to be oppressive or exacting.
  17. To turn one's self uneasily with a twisting motion; as, he screws about in his chair.

Screw Quotations

To become a doctor, you spend so much time in the tunnels of preparation - head down, trying not to screw up, trying to make it from one day to the next - that it is a shock to find yourself at the other end, with someone shaking your hand and asking how much money you want to make.
Atul Gawande

I like Pixie Sticks. Yeah, screw the middle man. Just a tube of sugar... I'd pour two of those in a big 12 ounce coke. And I'd go out to catechism class and try to concentrate on the priest. I saw Jesus several times. I swear I did.
Tim Allen

Good luck happens to people who work hard for it. Sometimes people just fall into the honey pot, but I've consistently strived to create whatever good fortune I can get in my life - and consistently strive just as hard not to screw it up once I have it!
Patrick Duffy

I am a misanthrope and yet utterly benevolent, have more than one screw loose yet am a super-idealist who digests philosophy more efficiently than food.
Alfred Nobel

So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don't sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we've satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.
Lee Iacocca
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Screw Translations

screw in Danish is skrue
screw in Dutch is neuken, naaien
screw in Finnish is ruuvi
screw in French is vissent, vissez, vis, visser, vissons
screw in German is Schraube, Schraube/schrauben
screw in Norwegian is skrue
screw in Portuguese is parafuso
screw in Spanish is rosca, tornillo, atornillar
screw in Swedish is skruva, skruv
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