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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prison guard, jailer, jailor, gaoler, screw, turnkeynoun

    someone who guards prisoners

  2. screwnoun

    a simple machine of the inclined-plane type consisting of a spirally threaded cylindrical rod that engages with a similarly threaded hole

  3. screw, screw propellernoun

    a propeller with several angled blades that rotates to push against water or air

  4. screwnoun

    a fastener with a tapered threaded shank and a slotted head

  5. fuck, fucking, screw, screwing, ass, nooky, nookie, piece of ass, piece of tail, roll in the hay, shag, shtupverb

    slang for sexual intercourse

  6. sleep together, roll in the hay, love, make out, make love, sleep with, get laid, have sex, know, do it, be intimate, have intercourse, have it away, have it off, screw, fuck, jazz, eff, hump, lie with, bed, have a go at it, bang, get it on, bonkverb

    have sexual intercourse with

    "This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm"; "Adam knew Eve"; "Were you ever intimate with this man?"

  7. screwverb

    turn like a screw

  8. screw, drive inverb

    cause to penetrate, as with a circular motion

    "drive in screws or bolts"

  9. screwverb

    tighten or fasten by means of screwing motions

    "Screw the bottle cap on"

  10. cheat, chouse, shaft, screw, chicane, jockeyverb

    defeat someone through trickery or deceit


  1. screwnoun

    A simple machine, a helical inclined plane.

  2. screwnoun

    A (usually) metal fastener consisting of a shank partially or completely threaded shank, sometimes with a threaded point, and a head used to both hold the top material and to drive the screw either directly into a soft material or into a prepared hole.

  3. screwnoun

    A ship's propeller.

  4. screwnoun

    An Archimedes screw.

  5. screwnoun

    A prisonguard.

  6. screwnoun

    Sexual intercourse; the act of screwing.

    have a good screw

  7. screwnoun

    Salary, wages.

  8. screwnoun


  9. screwverb

    To connect or assemble pieces using a screw.

  10. screwverb

    To have sexual intercourse with.

  11. screwverb

    To cheat someone or ruin their chances in a game or other situation. Sometimes used in the form "screw over".

  12. screwverb

    To be angry.

  13. screwverb

    To forget or not care about

    Screw that!

  14. screwverb

    To apply pressure on; to put the screws on.

  15. screwverb

    To contort

  16. screwverb

    To miskick (a ball) by hitting it with the wrong part of the foot.

  17. screwverb

    To screw back.

  18. Etymology: From screw, scrue, from escroue, from escroe, of uncertain origin.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Screwnoun

    One of the mechanical powers, which is defined a right cylinder cut into a furrowed spiral: of this there are two kinds, the male and female; the former being cut convex, so that its threads rise outwards; but the latter channelled on its concave side, so as to receive the former. John Quincy

    Etymology: scroeve, Dutch; escrou, French.

    The screw is a kind of wedge, that is multiplied or continued by a helical revolution about a cylinder, receiving its motion not from any stroak, but from a vectis at one end of it. John Wilkins, Math. Magick.

    After your apples are ground, commit them to the screw press, which is the best. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

  2. To Screwverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    If we should fail. ——
    ———— We fail!
    But screw your courage to the sticking place,
    And we’ll not fail. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Some, when the press by utmost vigour screw’d,
    Has drain’d the pulpous mass, regale their swine
    With the dry refuse. Phillips.

    To screw your lock on the door, make wide holes, big enough to receive the shank of the screw. Joseph Moxon.

    Sometimes a violent laughter screw’d his face,
    And sometimes ready tears dropp’d down apace. Abraham Cowley.

    With screwed face, and doleful whine, they ply you with senseless harangues against human inventions on the one hand, and loud outcries for a further reformation on the other. South.

    He screw’d his face into a harden’d smile,
    And said Sebastian knew to govern slaves. Dryden.

    Let others screw their hypocritick face,
    She shews her grief in a sincerer place. Jonathan Swift.

    He resolved to govern by subaltern ministers, who screwed up the pins of power too high. James Howell, Vocal Forest.

    No discourse can be administered, but they will try to turn the tide, and draw it all into their own channel; or they will screw in here and there some intimations of what they said or did. Government of the Tongue.

    The rents of land in Ireland, since they have been so enormously raised and screwed up, may be computed to be about two millions. Jonathan Swift.

    Our country landlords, by unmeasurable screwing and racking their tenants, have already reduced the miserable people to a worse condition than the peasants in France. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Screw

    A screw and a bolt (see Differentiation between bolt and screw below) are similar types of fastener typically made of metal, and characterized by a helical ridge, known as a male thread (external thread). Screws and bolts are used to fasten materials by the engagement of the screw thread with a similar female thread (internal thread) in the matching part. Screws are often self-threading (also known as self-tapping) where the thread cuts into the material when the screw is turned, creating an internal thread that helps pull fastened materials together and prevent pull-out. There are many screws for a variety of materials; those commonly fastened by screws include wood, sheet metal, and plastic.


  1. screw

    A screw is a type of mechanical fastener characterized by a helical ridge, known as a thread, that is wrapped around a cylinder. They are typically made of metal and are used to hold objects together or to position objects. Screws require rotational force for installation, often using tools such as screwdrivers or drills. They come in various sizes, shapes and designs, each intended for specific uses.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Screwnoun

    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. Screwnoun

    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. Screwnoun

    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. Screwnoun

    a steam vesel propelled by a screw instead of wheels; a screw steamer; a propeller

  5. Screwnoun

    an extortioner; a sharp bargainer; a skinflint; a niggard

  6. Screwnoun

    an instructor who examines with great or unnecessary severity; also, a searching or strict examination of a student by an instructor

  7. Screwnoun

    a small packet of tobacco

  8. Screwnoun

    an unsound or worn-out horse, useful as a hack, and commonly of good appearance

  9. Screwnoun

    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. Screwnoun

    an amphipod crustacean; as, the skeleton screw (Caprella). See Sand screw, under Sand

  11. Screwverb

    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. Screwverb

    to force; to squeeze; to press, as by screws

  13. Screwverb

    hence: To practice extortion upon; to oppress by unreasonable or extortionate exactions

  14. Screwverb

    to twist; to distort; as, to screw his visage

  15. Screwverb

    to examine rigidly, as a student; to subject to a severe examination

  16. Screwverb

    to use violent mans in making exactions; to be oppressive or exacting

  17. Screwverb

    to turn one's self uneasily with a twisting motion; as, he screws about in his chair

  18. Etymology: [OE. scrue, OF. escroue, escroe, female screw, F. crou, L. scrobis a ditch, trench, in LL., the hole made by swine in rooting; cf. D. schroef a screw, G. schraube, Icel. skrfa.]


  1. Screw

    A screw, or bolt, is a type of fastener characterized by a helical ridge, known as an external thread or just thread, wrapped around a cylinder. Some screw threads are designed to mate with a complementary thread, known as an internal thread, often in the form of a nut or an object that has the internal thread formed into it. Other screw threads are designed to cut a helical groove in a softer material as the screw is inserted. The most common uses of screws are to hold objects together and to position objects. A screw will always have a head, which is a specially formed section on one end of the screw that allows it to be turned, or driven. Common tools for driving screws include screwdrivers and wrenches. The head is usually larger than the body of the screw, which keeps the screw from being driven deeper than the length of the screw and to provide a bearing surface. There are exceptions; for instance, carriage bolts have a domed head that is not designed to be driven; set screws have a head smaller than the outer diameter of the screw; J-bolts have a J-shaped head which is not designed to be driven, but rather is usually sunk into concrete allowing it to be used as an anchor bolt. The cylindrical portion of the screw from the underside of the head to the tip is known as the shank; it may be fully threaded or partially threaded. The distance between each thread is called the "pitch".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Screw

    skrōō, n. a cylinder with a spiral groove or ridge on either its outer or inner surface, used as a fastening and as a mechanical power: a screw-propeller: a turn or twist to one side: a penny packet of tobacco put up in a paper twisted at both ends: a stingy fellow, an extortioner, a skinflint: a broken-winded horse: pressure: (U.S. slang) a professor who requires students to work hard: salary, wages.—v.t. to apply a screw to: to press with a screw: to twist: to oppress by extortion: to force: to squeeze.—ns. Screw′-bolt, a bolt threaded at one end for a nut; Screw′-cut′ter, a hand-tool for cutting screws; Screw′-driv′er, an instrument for driving or turning screw-nails.—adj. Screwed (slang), tipsy, tight.—ns. Screw′-el′evator, a dentist's instrument: a surgeon's instrument for forcing open the jaws; Screw′er.—adj. Screw′ing, exacting: close.—ns. Screw′-jack (same as Jackscrew); Screw′-key, a lever for turning the nut of a screw; Screw′-machine′, a machine for making screws; Screw′-nail, a nail made in the form of a screw; Screw′-pile, a pile forced into the ground, and held there by a peculiar kind of screw at the lower extremity; Screw′-pine, a plant of the tropical genus Pandanus, or of the screw-pine family—from the screw-like arrangement of the clustered leaves; Screw′-plate, a plate of steel in which are a graduated series of holes, with internal screws used in forming external screws; Screw′-pod, the screw-bean Screw′-press, a press in which the force is applied by means of a screw; Screw′-propel′ler, a screw or spiral-bladed wheel at the stern of steam-vessels for propelling them: a steamer so propelled; Screw′-rudd′er, an application of the screw for the purpose of steering; Screw′-stair, a spiral staircase: a hanging stair; Screw′-steam′er, a steamer propelled by a screw; Screw′stone, a wheelstone: a fossil screw; Screw′-thread, the spiral ridge on the cylinder of a male screw, or on the inner surface of a female screw; Screw′-valve, a stop-cock opened and shut by means of a screw instead of a spigot; Screw′-ven′tilator, a ventilating apparatus; Screw′-worm, the larva of a blow-fly; Screw′-wrench, a tool for grasping the flat sides of the heads of large screws.—adj. Screw′y, exacting: close: worthless.—A screw loose, something defective. [Earlier scrue. O. Fr. escrou, prob. L. scrobem, accus. of scrobs, a hole; or Low Ger. schruve, Dut. schroef, Ice. skrufa, Ger. schraube.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. screw

    [MIT] A lose, usually in software. Especially used for user-visible misbehavior caused by a bug or misfeature. This use has become quite widespread outside MIT.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. screw

    See Elevating Screw.

Rap Dictionary

  1. screwverb

    To play a hip-hop record at a slower speed, said to accentuate the bass and facilitate mixes with ballads and to accompany the fad of sippin syrup. Also screw mixes, get my screw on. Originated in the late 80's, when Fresh Records released 12" singles at 45 rpm. Many DJ's missed the speed designation and mistakenly played it at the slower 33 rpm speed. Many listeners began to intentionally request those records (esp. Mantronix's "Fresh is the Word") at the slow speed. They term screwed may also have originated from a custom screw on a tape deck allowing adjustment of the pitch. Now done with CD players with variable pitch (or vinyl). Made popular by DJ Screw. See also: Michael Watts, Swisha House.

  2. screwverb

    To have sexual intercourse.

  3. screwverb

    "Screw someone over" means to betray or disappoint someone.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Screw

    Colloquial for “wages.” See “Raise your Screw.”

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Screw' in Verbs Frequency: #1072

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Screw in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Screw in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Screw in a Sentence

  1. Malcolm Knapp:

    When people work, they eat out more often. Fast-food chains are the first to benefit because (people entering or returning to the workforce) are going to go for the more affordable stuff, it's hard to screw up breakfast ... everything goes well with bacon.

  2. Jeb Bush:

    When you have 10 overage white guys looking at things, there's better than a 50/50 chance it's going to be a screw-up.

  3. Christopher Cramer:

    The No. 1 goal was to get Chris Arsenault home and out of the Saudis' hands, we were really scared that they we going to screw us. We just wanted to get Chris Arsenault back so we can continue our investigation.

  4. John Wayne:

    Screw ambiguity. Perversion and corruption masquerade as ambiguity. I don't trust ambiguity.

  5. Orenthal James Simpson:

    It wasn't any heavy sit-down rap about don't get in trouble. It was just about ability, man, orenthal James Simpson'd say,' You got so much ability.' And I really wanted to be a professional baseball or football player. The point that came through to me was : hey man, Willie was from Alabama where he had nothing. And he told me,' Just your ability can get you over. You got the ability. Don't screw it up, man.'.

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