auger

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English[edit]

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An auger.

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English nauger, from Old English nafogār ‎(nave drill), from Proto-Germanic *nabōgaizaz. Cognate with Dutch avegaar.

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auger ‎(plural augers)

  1. A carpenter's tool for boring holes longer than those bored by a gimlet.
  2. A snake or plumber's snake (plumbing tool).
  3. A tool used to bore holes in the ground, e.g. for fence posts
  4. A hollow drill used to take core samples of soil, ice, etc. for scientific study.

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Verb[edit]

auger ‎(third-person singular simple present augers, present participle augering, simple past and past participle augered)

  1. To use an auger; to drill a hole using an auger.
  2. To proceed in the manner of an auger.
    • 2010, Clive Cussler, ‎Jack Du Brul, The Silent Sea[1]:
      It augered into the water and vanishedunder the surface only to float up again, its keel pointing skyward.
    • 2012, Ronald Wright, A Scientific Romance[2]:
      There was no way to measure progress inside the sphere, to know whether it spun or leapt or wobbled like a top as it augered through the years.
    • 2014, Steven R. Boyett, Mortality Bridge[3]:
      It augers down again behind him to gyre like a mindless deadly battling top.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From auge.

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auger

  1. to dig in order to get the shape of a trough
  2. to bend a piece of flat iron into the shape of a gutter, of an eavestrough

Conjugation[edit]

This is a regular -er verb, but the stem is written auge- before endings that begin with -a- or -o- (to indicate that the -g- is a “soft” /ʒ/ and not a “hard” /ɡ/). This spelling-change occurs in all verbs in -ger, such as neiger and manger.

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