Main definitions of cork in US English:

: cork1Cork2

cork1

noun

  • 1The buoyant, light brown substance obtained from the outer layer of the bark of the cork oak.

    as modifier ‘cork tiles’
    • ‘I need some help with the removal of old square cork tiles from the bedroom wall.’
    • ‘The kitchen itself overlooks both the front and side gardens and has a rustic feel with cork floor tiles and a good range of fitted pine presses at ground and eye level.’
    • ‘After considering cork and stone floor tiles, we decided to extend the hardwood of the dining area into the kitchen for continuity and a look that made the kitchen seem more like a living space.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The walls are part tiled and there are cork tiles on the floor.’
    • ‘Triple glazed, they are made of oak and larch with a layer of cork in the centre.’
    • ‘Griffin complained to the Prime Minister that no notice was ever taken of his advice on landscaping other than the planting of some cork bark trees.’
    • ‘The trees not only survive, but thrive through the process, which involves stripping off the bark and removing the cork layer beneath.’
    • ‘Well, it takes about 50 years for a cork oak tree to be suitable for harvesting its bark for making cork up.’
    • ‘Instead use healthier floor alternatives as cork, solid wood, marmoleum, tiles, bamboo, and so on.’
    • ‘Instead of going in for wooden flooring with carpets or expensive tiles, opt for something cheaper yet safe like cork or rubber tiles.’
    • ‘For a casual look, try chunky, open-toe or open-back styles in straw or cork soles.’
    • ‘Carpets should be replaced with cork tiles, vinyl flooring or linoleum.’
    • ‘The main bathroom is on the first floor return and is fitted with a wall of cupboards and cork tile flooring.’
    • ‘It's a temporary measure, because we're planning a complete bathroom make-over, to include either cork or ceramic tiles.’
    • ‘Here there is a small single bedroom with cork floor tiling and a large full-length window looking out on to the front lawns.’
    • ‘The nicest and most practical coasters are either cork or black, as they go with whatever décor you choose.’
    • ‘He had the walls of his room lined with cork to shut out light and sound and there he retreated to think and to write, sleeping during the day and venturing forth at night.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are other things you can do with cork: make cork tiles out of it, for example.’
    1. 1.1 A bottle stopper, especially one made of cork.
      • ‘The five agree that this is the occasion to pop the cork on the bottle of champagne and toast their achievement - and so they do.’
      • ‘Then, suddenly, like a cork popping from a champagne bottle, the sleigh breaks free into a dark world.’
      • ‘Once wine was packaged in bottles stoppered with corks from the end of the 17th century, it became capable of bottle ageing and full maturation.’
      • ‘The seal breaks on the forward hatch and it sounds almost like a cork popping on a bottle of champagne.’
      • ‘But as the champagne corks were popping a stink was already being made about where anti-dump residents obtained support for their long legal battle.’
      • ‘It's a bit like pulling the cork from a champagne bottle, except in this case, what's released is an aerial spectacular with dust, clouds and debris.’
      • ‘Colleen was standing near the door, smiling strangely, trying to pop the cork on a bottle of Merlot.’
      • ‘It led to an understandably exuberant celebration: with 300m to go, she took both hands off the bars to pop the cork from the bottle and spray the crowd.’
      • ‘He then seated himself beside her, popped the cork on the wine bottle, and began to pour her a glass of homemade wine.’
      • ‘More champagne corks were popped in Manchester last week than anywhere else in the country around the festive season, according to research by supermarket giant Sainsbury's.’
      • ‘I'm happy to drink wines fitted with a screwcap, although I do miss cutting the foil and hearing that heart warming pop, as the cork is pulled from the bottle.’
      • ‘Still, it may be premature to pop the champagne corks.’
      • ‘Hector and Rue laughed heartily and popped the cork on a bottle of champagne, letting it spill on the carpet.’
      • ‘So when the champagne corks pop in Japan, instead of spraying it, the recipients should put personal differences aside and use it to toast Michael Schumacher, the sport's greatest-ever driver.’
      • ‘You never need a special occasion to pop the cork on a bottle of Moet.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He pulled the cork from the bottle and poured a glass for each.’
      • ‘Finally, someone popped the cork on a champagne bottle and we all cheered.’
      • ‘So pop the cork on that bottle of wine, get some great take out food, and kick back for an evening of great music you are guaranteed to enjoy!’
      stopper, stop, plug, bung, peg, spigot, spile, seal
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    2. 1.2 A piece of cork used as a float for a fishing line or net.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Guide Butch Terpe reported he has been taking good numbers of hand-size bream by fishing meal worms under a cork in about four feet of water near lilies or other aquatic vegetation.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘I have found a cork on quill Avon float to be perfect for the job of presenting a moving bait.’
    3. 1.3Botany A protective layer of dead cells immediately below the bark of woody plants.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Hooke had discovered plant cells - more precisely, what Hooke saw were the cell walls in cork tissue.’
      • ‘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.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Close or seal (a bottle) with a cork.

    • ‘‘You can have a glass or two of nice wine, and we will be totally happy if you want to cork up the bottle and take home anything left,’ said Memery.’
    • ‘The two men decided to fill old wine bottles with the dressing, cork them and give them to neighbours as Christmas presents.’
    • ‘The bottling stage of wine-making is apparently a fun endeavor, according to customers who were involved in the various stages of filling and corking and labeling their bottles while I interviewed Gloria.’
    • ‘Add the sugar, pour in the gin and cork the bottle or screw on the lid.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The bottles are corked, wired and at that stage, the Champagne is complete.’
    • ‘The Meadery can then cork three bottles of mead with natural corks and three with the provided synthetic corks.’
    • ‘She corked the bottles, putting one away and one on the ground.’
    • ‘To prevent oxidation after bottling and before corking, he uses a blanket of inert gas, as do some winemakers and, like many winemakers, synthetic stoppers.’
    • ‘Fay asked as she corked the tiny little glass bottle of black ash.’
    • ‘Deran asked, taking a long slug of wine, then corking the half-full flask and hanging it back around his neck.’
    • ‘Then he went to the table, took the rest of his sherry, corked the bottle, and left.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After pouring himself a glass and corking the bottle, he slid back into the pillows beside her.’
    block, block off, block up, stop up, plug, seal, seal off, seal up, shut off, shut up, cork, stopper, bung, bung up
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  • 2Draw with burnt cork.

  • 3Illicitly hollow out (a baseball bat) and fill it with cork to make it lighter.

    • ‘Did Pete Rose ever cork his bat, choke his boss, assault a fan, drink like a fish, fail a drug test, or even throw a game that he either played in or coached?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But when we're done, we'll put the driver in the closet along with our collection of corked baseball bats, helium-filled footballs and boxing gloves with horseshoes inside.’
    • ‘Is putting a foreign substance on a ball or corking a bat as bad as using performance-enhancing drugs?’
    • ‘We are getting consistent reports of bats being corked and that is something that we will be investigating further.’
    • ‘Once upon an era, batters cheated by corking their bats or taking uppers to keep themselves stimulated.’
    • ‘The chances of him opting to become a free agent seemed remote after he was suspended for corking his bat in June.’
    • ‘If you were told you could get away with using a corked bat to hit a game-winning homer in the World Series, would you do it?’
    • ‘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.’

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’.

Pronunciation

cork

/kôrk//kɔrk/

Main definitions of cork in US English:

: cork1Cork2

Cork2

proper noun

  • 1A county in the Republic of Ireland, in the province of Munster, on the Celtic Sea.

    1. 1.1 The county town of Cork, a port on the Lee River; population 190,384 (2006).

Pronunciation

Cork

/kɔrk//kôrk/