Definitions for: Cork


[n] a small float usually made of cork; attached to a fishing line
[n] the plug in the mouth of a bottle (especially a wine bottle)
[n] a port city in southern Ireland
[n] outer bark of the cork oak; used for stoppers for bottles etc.
[n] (botany) outer tissue of bark; a protective layer of dead cells
[v] close a bottle with a cork



Webster (1913) Definition: Cork (k[^o]rk), n. [Cf. G., Dan., & Sw. kork, D. kurk;
all fr. Sp. corcho, fr. L. cortex, corticis, bark, rind. Cf.
Cortex.]
1. The outer layer of the bark of the cork tree ({Quercus
Suber}), of which stoppers for bottles and casks are made.
See Cutose.

2. A stopper for a bottle or cask, cut out of cork.

3. A mass of tabular cells formed in any kind of bark, in
greater or less abundance.

Note: Cork is sometimes used wrongly for calk, calker;
calkin, a sharp piece of iron on the shoe of a horse or
ox.

Cork jackets, a jacket having thin pieces of cork inclosed
within canvas, and used to aid in swimming.

Cork tree (Bot.), the species of oak (Quercus Suber of
Southern Europe) whose bark furnishes the cork of
commerce.


Cork, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Corked (k[^o]rkt); p. pr. &
vb. n. Corking.]
1. To stop with a cork, as a bottle.

2. To furnish or fit with cork; to raise on cork.

Tread on corked stilts a prisoner's pace. --Bp.
Hall.

Note: To cork is sometimes used erroneously for to calk, to
furnish the shoe of a horse or ox with sharp points,
and also in the meaning of cutting with a calk.

Synonyms: bob, bobber, bobfloat, cork up, phellem

Antonyms: uncork

See Also: bark, city, Eire, fishing gear, fishing rig, fishing tackle, float, Ireland, Irish Free State, metropolis, plant material, plug, plug, port, rig, secure, stop up, stopper, stopple, tackle, urban center, wine bottle

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