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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun screw:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb screw:


Comparison of usage frequency between the verb screw and its most common antonym:


The word screw is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun screw

What does screw mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: screws

  1. someone who guards prisoners
  2. a simple machine of the inclined-plane type consisting of a spirally threaded cylindrical rod that engages with a similarly threaded hole
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic term: inclined plane = a simple machine for elevating objects
  3. a propeller with several angled blades that rotates to push against water or air
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of screw: screw propeller
    • more generic words: propeller / propellor = a mechanical device that rotates to push against air or water
    • part of: outboard / outboard motor = internal-combustion engine that mounts at stern of small boat; ship = a vessel that carries passengers or freight
  4. a fastener with a tapered threaded shank and a slotted head
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: fastener / fastening / fixing / holdfast = restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place
    • more specific terms:
      • Allen screw = a screw with a hexagonal hole in the head
      • bolt = a screw that screws into a nut to form a fastener
      • cap screw = a threaded screw for machine parts
      • machine screw = a screw used either with a nut or with a tapped hole
      • metal screw = screw made of metal
      • setscrew = a screw (often without a head) that fits into the boss or hub of a wheel or cam etc. and prevents motion of the part relative to the shaft on which it is mounted
      • setscrew = a screw that is used to adjust the tension on a spring
      • thumbscrew = screw designed to be turned with the thumb and fingers
      • woodscrew = a metal screw that tapers to a point so that it can be driven into wood with a screwdriver
      • worm = screw thread on a gear with the teeth of a worm wheel or rack
    • parts:
  5. slang for sexual intercourse

Alternative definition of the noun screw


  1. A simple machine, a helical inclined plane.
  2. 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. [nautical] A ship's propeller.
  4. An Archimedes screw.
  5. [slang] A prison officer.
  6. [vulgar] Sexual intercourse; the act of screwing.
  7. [slang] Salary, wages.
  8. [billiards] Backspin.

Definition of the verb screw

What does screw mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: screwed | screwing | screws

  1. have sexual intercourse with
  2. turn like a screw
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: go around / revolve / rotate = turn on or around an axis or a center
    • more specific term: screw up = screw or turn higher
  3. cause to penetrate, as with a circular motion
    • example: drive in screws or bolts
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of screw: drive in
    • more generic terms: go around / revolve / rotate = turn on or around an axis or a center
  4. tighten or fasten by means of screwing motions
  5. defeat someone through trickery or deceit

Alternative definition of the verb screw


  1. [transitive] To connect or assemble pieces using a screw.
  2. [transitive, vulgar, slang] To have sexual intercourse with.
  3. [transitive, slang] To cheat or treat unfairly. Sometimes seen in the form 'screw (someone) over'.
  4. [intransitive, slang] To be angry.
  5. [transitive, slang] To forget or not care about
  6. [transitive] To apply pressure on; to put the screws on.
  7. [transitive] To contort
  8. [soccer, transitive] To miskick (a ball) by hitting it with the wrong part of the foot.

Specialised definition of the verb screw

Glossary of sports / billiards

if a player screws the cue ball back, he imparts backspin on it such that it recoils after striking the object ball (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)


Screw is a Japanese visual kei rock band formed in March 2006 by vocalist Byou and Yuuto, who were previously in the band Joker before its disbandment.

  • also known as Screw band
  • members:
    • Byou (Vocals) since
    • Kazuki (Lead guitar) since
    • Manabu (Guitar) since
    • Rui (Bass guitar) since
    • Jin (Drums) since
  • genres: Alternative metal, Metalcore, Rock music, Hard rock
  • albums: "錯乱SCREAM", "HEARTLESS SCREEN", "FINALE OF SCREW", "七色ノ冷艶歌", "ネジれた紫想", "RACIAL MIXTURE", "Fusion of the core", "VENOM", "VIRUS", "RAGING BLOOD", "Gather Roses", "Wailing Wall", "DUALITY", "X-RAYS", "ANCIENT RAIN", "Cursed Hurricane", "糜爛-BIRAN-", "BRAINSTORM", "DEEP SIX", "SCREW", "TOUR09 X-RAYS OF SCREW and ANAPHYLAXIS", "XANADU", "Teardrop", "FUGLY", "PSYCHO MONSTERS"
  • official website:


  1. "Screw" was 14th single by the J-pop singer, Kotoko, was released on December 16, 2009. The title track was used as the theme song for Mamoru Oshii's film Assault Girls.
  2. "SCREW" is a musical album of Screw.
    • released on
  3. "SCREW" is a musical single of KOTOKO.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  4. "SCREW" is a musical album of The Checkers.
    • released on (27 years ago)
  5. "Screw" is a composition.


  1. Screw is a fictional character from the 2002 film Ken Russell's Fall of the Louse of Usher.
  2. Screw is a fictional character from the 2012 film The Sweeney.
  3. Screw is a fictional film character.

There are other characters with in their name, like The Amazing Screw-On Head.


SCREW is an Aviation waypoint.


  1. Screw: A screw is a mechanism that converts rotational motion to linear motion, and a torque to a linear force. It is one of the six classical simple machines. The most common form consists of a cylindrical shaft with helical grooves or ridges called threads around the outside. The screw passes through a hole in another object or medium, with threads on the inside of the hole that mesh with the screw's threads. When the shaft of the screw is rotated relative to the stationary threads, the screw moves along its axis relative to the medium surrounding it; for example rotating a wood screw forces it into wood. In screw mechanisms, either the screw shaft can rotate through a threaded hole in a stationary object, or a threaded collar such as a nut can rotate around a stationary screw shaft. Geometrically, a screw can be viewed as a narrow inclined plane wrapped around a cylinder.
    • also known as Pesawat sederhana sekrup
  2. SCREW was a weekly pornographic tabloid newspaper published in the United States aimed at heterosexual men; according to a statement on the cover, it offered "Jerk-Off Entertainment for Men". It was first published in November 1968 by Al Goldstein and Jim Buckley, and was printed weekly in tabloid form. At its peak, SCREW sold 140,000 copies a week. Founder Al Goldstein won a series of nationally significant obscenity cases.
  3. Screw, Moonshine, or Popcorn is a card game where the players try to be the first to lose all their cards. Like Palase, it is derived from the Finnish card game Paskahousu.

Phrases with Screw

Phrases starting with the word Screw:

  1. Screw It
  2. screw up
  3. Screw cap
  4. screw eye
  5. screw key
  6. screw log
  7. Screw Off
  8. Screw You
  9. Screw-Off
  10. Screw-Top
  11. Screw Back
  12. screw bean
  13. screw jack
  14. Screw Over
  15. screw pile
  16. screw pine
  17. Screw Shoe

Phrases ending with the word Screw:

  1. cap screw
  2. lag screw
  3. Set screw

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Screw

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Google previewColburn's New Monthly Magazine and Humorist (1841)

A screw is an unsound horse that looks like a sound one; a valuable animal in appearance, in~ reality a worthless brute. Our regular screw is a sort of equestrian cheat, a will-o'-the-wisp leading men astray, a gay going deceiver, an actor, ...

Google previewSimple Machines, Grades 6 - 12 (2010)

Force, Motion, and Energy by John B. Beaver, Ph.D., Barbara R. Sandall, Ed.D.

A screw is an inclined plane wrapped around a cylinder or cen— tral point. In otherwords...

Google previewFreedom in Machinery: Volume 2, Screw Theory Exemplified (1990)

by Jack Phillips

that, whereas a motion screw is a line with a pitch which is the same as that of the rate of twisting that may occur about it. an action screw is a line with a pitch which is the same as that of the wrench that may act ...

Google previewChambers's Encyclopædia (1887)

A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People

The outer and coarser screw is the one to which the...

Google previewPrinciples of BOI (2005)

Clinical, Scientific, and Practical Guidelines to 4-D Dental Implantology by Stefan Ihde

Summary The tuberopterygoid screw is a good option for securing load ...

Google previewThe operative mechanic, and British machinist (1831)

being a practical display of the manufactories and mechanical arts of the United Kingdom by John Nicholson

Of all the hydraulic machines invented by the ancients, though Archimedes's screw is the most curious, the tympanum raises the greatest quantity of water at once. It consists of a great hollow wheel, composed of several planks joined together, ...

Google previewFundamentals of Manufacturing, Third Edition (2013)

by Philip D. Rufe

A barrier screw is a standard screw with an extra flight in the transition (melting) zone that divides it into two channels, one for melt and one for pellets. The new flight is not full diameter, so there is a gap over which the melt can pass into its ...

Google previewFrom the Promised Land to the Lucky Country (2006)

by Renate

The customs officers think the screw is a trigger mechanism of some sort, and want us to open the crate. As we comply we show, explain and reassure them of what it is and what has happened. Still having doubts, they decide to go through ...

Google previewRational Kinematics (1989)

by Jorge Angeles

and is called screw algebra. Both quaternion and screw algebras can be regarded as subsets of linear algebra. Hence the motion of rigid ...

Google previewElements of Natural Philosophy (1829)

Including Mechanics and Hydrostatics by Sir John Leslie

The Screw is a most efficient Mechanical Power. It consists of a ridge or groove winding about a cylinder, and cutting at the same angle every line on the surface drawn parallel to the ...

Google previewThe Watch & Clock Makers' Handbook, Dictionary, and Guide (2013)

by F. J. Britten

A Screw Cutting Lathe is provided with a leading screw, by means of which the saddle whereon the slide rest is planted is caused to traverse the bed with regular progression as the mandril rotates. The connectionbetween the mandriland ...

Google previewThe Engineer's and Mechanic's Encyclopaedia, Comprehending Practical Illustrations of the Machinery and Processes Employed in Every Description of Manufacture of the British Empire ... (1836)

by Luke Hebert

little oval to enable the slides to move nearer to, or farther from, each other, if necessary ; c cc c are four pieces of metal firmly fixed to plate a, and having a screw in each, which presses on the slides b b ; d is a plate of metal or brass, sliding ...

Google previewThe Visual Dictionary of House & Do-It-Yourself - House & Do-It-Yourself (2009)

body Part between the shank and the lead screw. fluted land Cutting edge forming the edge of the land. land Flat surface between the flutes. lead screw Threaded pointed end for centering the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of PVC, Second Edition (1992)

Compounding Processes, Product Design, and Specifications - Volume 3 of 4 (Print) by Leonard I. Nass

and the Maillefer screw (sold through Syncro-Machine Company) with its feed and metering sections overlapping and alternating, an arrangement that promotes shearing and melting. Next, there are two-stage screws available from most ...

Google previewThe new American Cyclopedia: A polpular Dictionary of General Knowledge (1860)

Such are the machines for shaping the outward form of the stock, the barrel and ramrod grooves, the screw holes, the butt for plate, the receptacle for the lock, &c "With full sets of hands the Springfield and Harper's Ferry armories are each ...

Google previewThe Commercial Dictionary of Trade Products, Manufacturing and Technical Terms ... (1872)

by Peter Lund Simmonds

Screw, a spirally grooved cylinder of metal or wood; that which works a screw ...

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Quotes about Screw

The only really good place to buy lumber is at a store where the lumber has already been cut and attached together in the form of furniture, finished, and put inside boxes. (Dave Barry)
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Scrabble value of S1C3R1E1W4

The value of this 5-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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