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cork 1

Pronunciation: /kôrk/


1The buoyant, light brown substance obtained from the outer layer of the bark of the cork oak: [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.
1.1A bottle stopper, especially one made of cork.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.2A piece of cork used as a float for a fishing line or net.
Example sentences
  • 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).
1.3 Botany A protective layer of dead cells immediately below the bark of woody plants.
Example sentences
  • 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.


[with object]
1Close or seal (a bottle) with a cork.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2Draw with burnt cork.
3Illicitly hollow out (a baseball bat) and fill it with cork to make it lighter.
Example sentences
  • 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?



Pronunciation: /-ˌlīk/
Example sentences
  • The instruments are then attached using nylon bolts, which screw into a corklike layer of skin on the whale's back.
  • Termites travel from nests in the soil through a brownish, corklike tube to their food supply.
  • The trees have two to four inch thick trunks of corklike material which was very soft and spongy inside with a green colored bark on the outside.


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'.

  • This is from Dutch and Low German kork, from Spanish alcorque ‘cork-soled sandal’. The source elements are Arabic al- ‘the’ and (probably) Spanish Arabic kork based on Latin quercus ‘oak, cork oak’.

Words that rhyme with cork

auk, baulk, Bork, caulk (US calk), chalk, Dundalk, Falk, fork, gawk, hawk, Hawke, nork, orc, outwalk, pork, squawk, stalk, stork, talk, torc, torque, walk, york

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Syllabification: cork

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Cork 2

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

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