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 اَلْقُورْق (al-qūrq), from Latin quercus (“oak”) or Latin cortex (“bark”) or from Aramaic
- (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, Quercus suber.
- (botany) The dead protective tissue between the bark and cambium in woody plants
- (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.
- 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.
cork (plural corks)
- (snowboarding) A snowboarding aerialist maneuver involving a rotation where the rider goes heels over head, with the board overhead.
- double cork (two such maneuvers in a single jump)
- triple cork (three such maneuvers in a single jump)
- (snowboarding) To perform such a maneuver.
cork (not comparable)
- (snowboarding) Having the property of a head over heels rotation.
- ^ http://photo.pds.org:5004/view/Entry/41541#eid8154767
- ^ BBC Sport, "Sochi 2014: A jargon-busting guide to the halfpipe", 11 February 2014