Definition of Phillips in English:


Syllabification: Phil·lips
Pronunciation: /ˈfiləps


Denoting a screw with a cross-shaped slot for turning, the head of such a screw, or a corresponding screwdriver: the screws have deeply cut Phillips heads a Phillips screwdriver a Phillips-head screwdriver
More example sentences
  • Trying to use a tool poorly suited for the job (like a slotted screw driver on a Phillips screw) often leads to poor results and frustration.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, attach the lock to the screen with screws and cap nuts.
  • Once you install the screws by hand, you'll need to use a Phillips head screwdriver to tighten them.


1930s: from the name of Henry F. Phillips (died 1958), the original American manufacturer.

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