Champagne corks (noun sense 2)
From Middle English cork (“oak bark", "cork”), from Middle Dutch curc (“cork (material or object)”) or Middle Low German korck (“cork (material or object)”) or Early Modern German Kork (“cork (material or object)”), 1) from Spanish corcho (“cork (material or object)”) (also corcha or corche), (via Mozarabic) from Latin cortex (“bark”), or 2) from (Old) Spanish alcorque (“cork sole”), from Andalusian Arabic القورق (al-qūrq), from Latin quercus (“oak”) or Latin cortex (“bark”) or from Aramaic
cork (countable and uncountable, plural corks)
- (uncountable) The bark of the cork oak, which is very light and porous and used for making bottle stoppers, flotation devices, and insulation material.
- 1908, Edwin George Pinkham, Fate's a fiddler, page 108:
- I confess my confidence was shaken by these actions, though I knew well enough that his leg was no more cork than my own
- A bottle stopper made from this or any other material.
- Snobs feel it's hard to call it wine with a straight face, when the cork is made of plastic.
- An angling float, also traditionally made of oak cork.
- The cork oak.
- (botany) The tissue that grows from the cork cambium.
- Arabic: فِلّينة f (fillīna)
- Armenian: խցան (xcʿan)
- Bulgarian: корк m (kork)
- Catalan: tap m
- Mandarin: 椊 (zh) (zuó), 瓶塞 (zh) (píngsāi), 塞子 (zh) (sāizi), 塞 (zh) (sāi), 軟木塞, 软木塞 (zh) (ruǎnmùsāi)
- Czech: zátka f, špunt m
- Danish: prop c, korkprop (da) c
- Dutch: kurk (nl), stop (nl), stopsel n
- Esperanto: korko
- Finnish: korkki (fi)
- French: bouchon (fr) m
- German: Stöpsel (de) m, Kork (de) m, Korken (de) m
- Greek: φελλός (el) m (fellós)
- Hebrew: שעם (he) (sha'am), פקק (p'kak)
(botany) tissue that grows from the cork cambium
cork (third-person singular simple present corks, present participle corking, simple past and past participle corked)
- (transitive) To seal or stop up, especially with a cork stopper.
- (transitive) To blacken (as) with a burnt cork
- To leave the cork in a bottle after attempting to uncork it.
- (slang) To be quiet.
- He was so loud I told him to cork it.
- To fill with cork, as the center of a baseball bat.
- He corked his bat, which was discovered when it broke, causing a controversy.
- (transitive, Australia) To injure through a blow; to induce a haematoma.
- The vicious tackle corked his leg.
- 2006, Joseph N. Santamaria, The Education of Dr Joe, page 60,
- Injuries, which seemed to be of an inconsequential nature, were often sustained, such as a sprained ankle, a dislocated phalanx, a twisted foot, a corked leg and so on.
- 2007, Shaun A. Saunders, Navigating in the New World, page 202,
- As he moved away again, William winced at an ache in his thigh.
- ‘Must have corked my leg when I got up,’ he thought.
- 2008, Christopher J. Holcroft, Canyon, page 93,
- “I′m okay. I must have corked my thigh when Bruce fell onto me. I′ll be fine.”
- 2010, Andrew Stojanovski, Dog Ear Cafe, large print 16pt, page 191,
- Much to my relief he had only corked his leg when he had jumped.
- 2010, Ben Cousins, Ben Cousins: My Life Story, page 108,
- I corked my thigh late in the game, which we won, and came off.
to seal with a stopper, especially with cork
to blacken as with a burnt cork
to leave the cork in a bottle after attempting to uncork it
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