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Cork

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Pronunciation: /kɔːk
 
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  • 1A county of the Republic of Ireland, on the south coast in the province of Munster.
  • 1.1The county town of Cork, a port on the River Lee; population 190,384 (2006).

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There are 2 definitions of Cork in English:

cork

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Pronunciation: /kɔːk
 
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noun

  • 1 [mass noun] A buoyant light brown substance obtained from the outer layer of the bark of the cork oak: vinyl-coated cork is practical as a floor covering [as modifier]: cork tiles
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    • Made from the inner bark of the Mediterranean cork oak tree, cork can be cut repeatedly from trees that may be hundreds of years old.
    • There are other things you can do with cork: make cork tiles out of it, for example.
    • The bathroom is at the back of the hall: it has cork floor tiling, part-tiled walls and a chocolate brown suite, including a bath with telephone shower attachment and bidet.
  • 1.1 Botany A protective layer of dead cells immediately below the bark of woody plants.
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    • Root bases were attached to the stem over cavities prepared by removing lenticels and discs of cork and secondary cortex beneath.
    • Adaxial bulliform cells, cork cells and subsidiary cells were not silicified.
    • Suberin is also formed developmentally and is found in the dermal cells of underground tissues, the Casparian band and in the cork cells of bark tissue.
  • 2A bottle stopper made of cork or a similar material: he pulled out the cork and commenced pouring the wine champagne corks popped
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    • The sounds of corks popping on champagne bottles added to locals cheering on the endeavours of the small committee who had over-seen a job well done.
    • Finally, someone popped the cork on a champagne bottle and we all cheered.
    • Pascal personally popped the corks of the champagne bottles, and by doing so, auspiciously symbolised the incoming of luck and good fortune for the Pattaya Blatt team.
    Synonyms
    stopper, stop, plug, bung, peg, spigot, spile, seal; cap, top, lid, cover, covering; North American stopple
  • 2.1A piece of cork used as a float for a fishing line or net: the little steamer was tossed about like a cork
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    • They had fishing poles, and lines with corks on them out floating in the scummy water.
    • The cork floated on the surface, its quill upright like the periscope of a submarine.
    • A small cork or float usually is used to suspend the bait a foot or two beneath the surface (the distance can be adjusted by sliding the float).

verb

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  • 1Close or seal (a bottle) with a cork: the bottles were tightly corked and wired
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    • The vapor collected in the bottle and when it stopped Xander simply corked the bottle, stood up straight and returned to Jessica who was still standing in the center of the living room watching the scene.
    • She corked the bottles, putting one away and one on the ground.
    • He quickly corked the bottle, then set it on top of the slightly ajar door as a trap for any who would dare disturb it.
  • 1.1 (as adjective corked) (Of wine) spoilt by tannin from the cork: always open and taste your wine before the meal, if only to check that it is not corked
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    • Such a wine is said to be corked, but a wine served with small pieces of cork floating in it indicates a fault in the service of the wine rather than a fault in the wine.
    • When a cork is contaminated with TCA it makes the wine that comes into contact with it stink and taste bad and we say the wine is corked or corky.
    • And faulty wines, especially corked wines tainted by trichloroanisole, the mould-associated chemical, still pop up regularly.
  • 2Draw with burnt cork: he had corked a moustache on his upper lip
  • 3Illicitly hollow out (a baseball bat) and fill it with cork to make it lighter: the balls are doctored and the bats are corked
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    • Whether it's pitchers doctoring baseballs, batters corking bats or electricians creating an eye in the sky cheating system, historically, individuals and teams sometimes do whatever is necessary to gain an edge.
    • Baseball Tonight ran a lengthy clip of former co-host and current Texas Rangers manager Buck Showalter demonstrating in painstaking detail how to cork a bat.
    • Is putting a foreign substance on a ball or corking a bat as bad as using performance-enhancing drugs?

Origin

Middle English: from Dutch and Low German kork, from Spanish alcorque 'cork-soled sandal', from Arabic al- 'the' and (probably) Spanish Arabic qurq, qorq, based on Latin quercus 'oak, cork oak'.

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