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Definition of cork noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    cork

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    noun
    BrE BrE//kɔːk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɔːrk//
     
     
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  1. 1[uncountable] a light, soft material that is the thick bark of a type of Mediterranean oak tree a cork mat cork tiles
  2. 2[countable] a small round object made of cork or plastic, that is used for closing bottles, especially wine bottles to draw the cork Champagne corks were popping (= people were celebrating). Synonymslidtop cork cap plugThese are all words for a cover for a container.lid a cover over a container that can be removed or opened by turning or lifting it:a jar with a tight-fitting lidtop a thing that you put over the end of something such as a pen or bottle in order to close itcork a small round object made of cork or plastic that is used for closing bottles, especially wine bottlescap (often in compounds) a top for a pen or a protective cover for something such as the lens of a cameraplug a round piece of material that you put into a hole in order to block it; a flat round rubber or plastic thing that you put into the hole of a sink in order to stop the water from flowing out:a bath plugPatterns a tight-fitting lid/​top/​cap a screw top/​cap a pen lid/​top to put on/​screw on/​take off/​unscrew the lid/​top/​cap to pull out the cork/​plug
  3. Word 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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