The word "screw" is used to describe the movement of turning something so that it fits into a hole of some kind.
You screw a light bulb into a lamp socket.
You screw in the light bulb, and when you want to take it out you unscrew it.
A screw is also a piece of hardware that is used for putting thing together. Screws are found on cars, in houses, in furniture, inside computers, and in many, many other places.
This is a screw.
The word "screw" can be a noun or a verb:
There are some other meanings for the word "screw" that are commonly found in American slang:
Note: Be careful with the word "screw." If you use it the wrong way or in the wrong setting, it can be considered a vulgar choice of words.
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This page was first published on August 14, 2012. It was updated on March 19, 2016.