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Definition of "cork" []

  • The lightweight elastic outer bark of the cork oak, used especially for bottle closures, insulation, floats, and crafts. (noun)
  • Something made of cork, especially a bottle stopper. (noun)
  • A bottle stopper made of other material, such as plastic. (noun)
  • A small float used on a fishing line or net to buoy up the line or net or to indicate when a fish bites. (noun)
  • Botany A nonliving, water-resistant protective tissue that is formed on the outside of the cork cambium in the woody stems and roots of many seed plants. Also called phellem. (noun)

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 "cork" in a sentence
  • "Pulling a cork is a nasty, dirty chore that sometimes has to be done before the joy can ensue."
  • "As has been suggested above, using a pulltaps or like designed corkscrew … insert directly into the top center of the wax capsule, when completely inserted, slowly (after all this is wine to be enjoyed rather than slugged one would hope) pull the cork from the bottle."
  • "If cork is deemed to be a flawed closure then move to something better."