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Definition of "auger" []

  • Any of various hand tools, typically having a threaded shank and cross handle, used for boring holes in wood or ice. (noun)
  • A drill bit. (noun)
  • A machine having a rotating helical shaft for boring into the earth. (noun)
  • A rotating helical shaft used to convey material, as in a snow blower. (noun)
  • To drill or bore using an auger. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "auger" in a sentence
  • "The basic idea is to find the cleanouts, and run a snake (aka auger) into them. powered one with knives."
  • "The auger was a twisted pile of scrap in the ditch and the tractor was headed home unscratched."
  • "While the lint is going through this process, the seeds, being heavier and smaller, draw to the bottom of the gins, fall into an auger which is operated by a belt, and then are dropped into a conveyor and carried to the seed pile or houses."