- 1a thin, pointed metal rod with a spiral groove running down its length and a slotted head, used to join things together by being rotated so that it pierces wood or other material and is held tightly in place
- 2a simple machine of the inclined-plane type consisting of a spirally grooved solid cylinder and a correspondingly grooved hollow cylinder into which it fits and through which it is turned to transmit power or motion
- 3a prison guard
Using screw: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "screw" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
I need a screw to fix the shelf.
The screw on the lid is too tight.
The screw on the clamp holds the workpiece securely.
The screw on the vise is used to hold the workpiece in place.
The screw on the bottle opener is broken.
The screw on the light bulb is loose.
screw Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using screw
The boss tightened the screws on the employees to meet the deadline.
I think he has a few loose screws in his head.
The police put the screws on the suspect to confess.
Phrases with screw
to make a mistake or do something wrong
I screwed up the presentation by forgetting my notes.
Stop screwing around and get to work!
He told me to screw off when I asked him for help.
Origins of screw
from Old French 'escroue', meaning 'nut, cylindrical socket'
Summary: screw in Brief
The term 'screw' [skruː] refers to a pointed metal rod with a spiral groove, used to join things together. It can also refer to a simple machine of the inclined-plane type, or a prison guard. The phrase 'screw up' means to make a mistake, while 'screw around' means to waste time. 'Screw off' means to leave rudely. Idioms include 'tighten the screws,' meaning to increase pressure, 'loose screw,' meaning a crazy person, and 'put the screws on,' meaning to apply pressure to get someone to do something.