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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Screw \Screw\ (skr[udd]), n. [OE. scrue, OF. escroue, escroe,
     female screw, F. ['e]crou, L. scrobis a ditch, trench, in
     LL., the hole made by swine in rooting; cf. D. schroef a
     screw, G. schraube, Icel. skr[=u]fa.]
     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.
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     Note: The screw, as a mechanical power, is a modification of
           the inclined plane, and may be regarded as a
           right-angled triangle wrapped round a cylinder, the
           hypotenuse of the marking the spiral thread of the
           screw, its base equaling the circumference of the
           cylinder, and its height the pitch of the thread.
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     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.
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     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.
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     4. A steam vesel propelled by a screw instead of wheels; a
        screw steamer; a propeller.
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     5. An extortioner; a sharp bargainer; a skinflint; a niggard.
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     6. An instructor who examines with great or unnecessary
        severity; also, a searching or strict examination of a
        student by an instructor. [Cant, American Colleges]
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     7. A small packet of tobacco. [Slang] --Mayhew.
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     8. An unsound or worn-out horse, useful as a hack, and
        commonly of good appearance. --Ld. Lytton.
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     9. (Math.) 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.
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     10. (Zool.) An amphipod crustacean; as, the skeleton screw
         ({Caprella). See Sand screw, under Sand.
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     Archimedes screw, Compound screw, Foot screw, etc. See
        under Archimedes, Compound, Foot, etc.
     A screw loose, something out of order, so that work is not
        done smoothly; as, there is a screw loose somewhere. --H.
     Endless screw, or perpetual screw, a screw used to give
        motion to a toothed wheel by the action of its threads
        between the teeth of the wheel; -- called also a worm.
     Lag screw. See under Lag.
     Micrometer screw, a screw with fine threads, used for the
        measurement of very small spaces.
     Right and left screw, a screw having threads upon the
        opposite ends which wind in opposite directions.
     Screw alley. See Shaft alley, under Shaft.
     Screw bean. (Bot.)
         (a) The curious spirally coiled pod of a leguminous tree
             ({Prosopis pubescens) growing from Texas to
             California. It is used for fodder, and ground into
             meal by the Indians.
         (b) The tree itself. Its heavy hard wood is used for
             fuel, for fencing, and for railroad ties.
     Screw bolt, a bolt having a screw thread on its shank, in
        distinction from a key bolt. See 1st Bolt, 3.
     Screw box, a device, resembling a die, for cutting the
        thread on a wooden screw.
     Screw dock. See under Dock.
     Screw engine, a marine engine for driving a screw
     Screw gear. See Spiral gear, under Spiral.
     Screw jack. Same as Jackscrew.
     Screw key, a wrench for turning a screw or nut; a spanner
     Screw machine.
         (a) One of a series of machines employed in the
             manufacture of wood screws.
         (b) A machine tool resembling a lathe, having a number of
             cutting tools that can be caused to act on the work
             successively, for making screws and other turned
             pieces from metal rods.
     Screw pine (Bot.), any plant of the endogenous genus
        Pandanus, of which there are about fifty species,
        natives of tropical lands from Africa to Polynesia; --
        named from the spiral arrangement of the pineapple-like
     Screw plate, a device for cutting threads on small screws,
        consisting of a thin steel plate having a series of
        perforations with internal screws forming dies.
     Screw press, a press in which pressure is exerted by means
        of a screw.
     Screw propeller, a screw or spiral bladed wheel, used in
        the propulsion of steam vessels; also, a steam vessel
        propelled by a screw.
     Screw shell (Zool.), a long, slender, spiral gastropod
        shell, especially of the genus Turritella and allied
        genera. See Turritella.
     Screw steamer, a steamship propelled by a screw.
     Screw thread, the spiral rib which forms a screw.
     Screw stone (Paleon.), the fossil stem of an encrinite.
     Screw tree (Bot.), any plant of the genus Helicteres,
        consisting of about thirty species of tropical shrubs,
        with simple leaves and spirally twisted, five-celled
        capsules; -- also called twisted-horn, and twisty.
     Screw valve, a stop valve which is opened or closed by a
     Screw worm (Zool.), the larva of an American fly
        ({Compsomyia macellaria), allied to the blowflies, which
        sometimes deposits its eggs in the nostrils, or about
        wounds, in man and other animals, with fatal results.
     Screw wrench.
         (a) A wrench for turning a screw.
         (b) A wrench with an adjustable jaw that is moved by a
     To put the screws on or To put the screw on, to use
        pressure upon, as for the purpose of extortion; to coerce.
     To put under the screw or To put under the screws, to
        subject to pressure; to force.
     Wood screw, a metal screw with a sharp thread of coarse
        pitch, adapted to holding fast in wood. See Illust. of
        Wood screw, under Wood.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Screw \Screw\ (skr[udd]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Screwed
     (skr[udd]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Screwing.]
     1. 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.
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     2. To force; to squeeze; to press, as by screws.
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              But screw your courage to the sticking place,
              And we'll not fail.                   --Shak.
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     3. Hence: To practice extortion upon; to oppress by
        unreasonable or extortionate exactions.
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              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.                   --swift.
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     4. To twist; to distort; as, to screw his visage.
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              He screwed his face into a hardened smile. --Dryden.
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     5. To examine rigidly, as a student; to subject to a severe
        examination. [Cant, American Colleges]
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     To screw out, to press out; to extort.
     To screw up,
        (a) to force; to bring by violent pressure. --Howell.
        (b) to damage by unskillful effort; to bungle; to botch;
            to mess up; as, he screwed up the contract
            negotiations, and we lost the deal.
        (c) [intrans.] to fail by unskillful effort, usually
            causing unpleasant consequences.
     To screw in, to force in by turning or twisting.
     Screw around,
        (a) to act aimlessly or unproductively.
        (b) to commit adultery; to be sexually promiscuous.
     Screw around with, to operate or make changes on (a machine
        or device) without expert knowledge; to fiddle with.
        [Colloq.] . -->
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Screw \Screw\, v. i.
     1. To use violent means in making exactions; to be oppressive
        or exacting. --Howitt.
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     2. To turn one's self uneasily with a twisting motion; as, he
        screws about in his chair.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: someone who guards prisoners [syn: prison guard,
           jailer, jailor, gaoler, screw, turnkey]
      2: a simple machine of the inclined-plane type consisting of a
         spirally threaded cylindrical rod that engages with a
         similarly threaded hole
      3: a propeller with several angled blades that rotates to push
         against water or air [syn: screw, screw propeller]
      4: a fastener with a tapered threaded shank and a slotted head
      5: slang for sexual intercourse [syn: fuck, fucking,
         screw, screwing, ass, nooky, nookie, piece of
         ass, piece of tail, roll in the hay, shag, shtup]
      v 1: have sexual intercourse with; "This student sleeps with
           everyone in her dorm"; "Adam knew Eve"; "Were you ever
           intimate with this man?" [syn: 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, bonk]
      2: turn like a screw
      3: cause to penetrate, as with a circular motion; "drive in
         screws or bolts" [syn: screw, drive in]
      4: tighten or fasten by means of screwing motions; "Screw the
         bottle cap on" [ant: unscrew]
      5: defeat someone through trickery or deceit [syn: cheat,
         chouse, shaft, screw, chicane, jockey]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  343 Moby Thesaurus words for "screw":
     Procrustean bed, airscrew, anamorphism, anamorphosis,
     apply pressure, articulate, ask, ask for, asymmetry, badger, ball,
     batten, batten down, be intimate, beat, bed of Procrustes,
     begrudge, beguile of, bend, bilk, blackmail, bleed, bleed white,
     bollix up, bolt, boot, botch, buckle, bugger up, bull, bunco,
     bungle, burn, butt, button, call for, call up, call upon,
     challenge, cheat, chisel, chouse, chouse out of, circle, circulate,
     circumrotate, circumvolute, cirrus, claim, clamor for, clasp,
     cleat, clip, coerce, cog, cog the dice, cohabit, coil,
     come together, commandant, commit adultery, compel, con, constrain,
     contort, contortion, copulate, corkscrew, couple, cover, cozen,
     crank, crib, crimp, crimple, crinkle, crook, crookedness, crumple,
     cry for, curl, curlicue, custodian, deform, defraud, demand,
     destroy, detorsion, deviation, diddle, disproportion, distort,
     distortion, do, do in, do out of, dovetail, draw on, driver,
     euchre, evolute, exact, exploit, extort, famish, fan, finagle,
     flam, flee, fleece, flimflam, fly, fob, force, force from,
     fornicate, frig, fuck, fuck up, fudge, gaoler, gnarl, go around,
     go round, gouge, governor, grudge, guard, guardian, gull, gyp,
     gyrate, gyre, hasp, have, have sex, have sexual relations, helix,
     hinge, hitch, hocus, hocus-pocus, hold up, hook, imbalance,
     impeller, impose, increase, indent, influence, insist, intort,
     involute, iron heel, irregularity, issue an ultimatum, jailer, jam,
     joint, keeper, kink, knot, lank, latch, lay, levy, levy blackmail,
     lie with, live upon nothing, lock, lopsidedness, louse up,
     make a demand, make it with, make love, make off, make out, mate,
     meander, mishandle, mismanage, miter, mortise, mount, muddle,
     mulct, nail, oblige, order, order up, overcharge, overprice,
     overtax, pack the deal, paddle wheel, peg, pigeon, pin, pinch,
     pinch pennies, pirouette, piston, pivot, place an order,
     practice fraud upon, press, pressure, principal keeper,
     prison guard, profiteer, prop, propellant, propeller, propulsor,
     pry loose from, put in requisition, quirk, rabbet, rack, raise,
     ream, rend, rend from, require, requisition, revolve, rimple,
     ringlet, rip, rip from, rivet, roll, rook, rotate, rotor, round,
     ruckle, ruin, rumple, run, scallop, scam, scamp, scamper, scant,
     scarf, scarpines, scoot, scrape, screw propeller, screw up,
     screwing, scrimp, scroll, scrunch, sell gold bricks, serpentine,
     serve, service, sew, sexual intercourse, shake down, shave,
     shortchange, skedaddle, skewer, skimp, skin, skip, sleep with,
     slink, snake, snap, snatch from, soak, spare, spin, spiral, spring,
     squeeze, stack the cards, staple, starve, stick, sting, stint,
     stitch, strain, stretch, summon, surcharge, swindle, swing, swirl,
     swivel, tack, take, take a dive, tap, tear from, tendril,
     thimblerig, throw a fight, thumbscrew, toggle, torsion, tortuosity,
     turbine, turn, turn a pirouette, turn around, turn awry,
     turn round, turnkey, twin screws, twine, twirl, twist,
     twist and turn, unsymmetry, victimize, volute, volution, vortex,
     wamble, warden, warder, warn, warp, wedge, wheel, whirl, whorl,
     wind, worm, wrench, wrench from, wrest, wring, wring from, wrinkle,
     writhe, zipper

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

      [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.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

      (MIT) A failure, usually in software.  Especially
     used for user-visible misbehaviour caused by a bug or
     misfeature.  This use has become quite widespread outside
     [{Jargon File]

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