Definition of Phillips in English:


Line breaks: Phil|lips
Pronunciation: /ˈfɪlɪps


  • Denoting a screw with a cross-shaped slot for turning, or a corresponding screwdriver.
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    • 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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