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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The champagne corks popped but then the reporter told us the house had been repossessed.
▪ Others barely notice the baskets of warm toast, the crisp bacon and popping champagne corks.
▪ No sooner had the excitement died down in Coventry than champagne corks were popping at Courtaulds Fibres in Grimsby.
▪ At the NoS offices the champagne corks had been popping.
▪ The noises of men talking and laughing and the sound of champagne corks popping filter out into the corridor.
▪ And the champagne corks were popping as Kirkby's latest housing co-operative celebrated its success.
▪ Yet no one is popping champagne corks.
▪ Simultaneous popping of corks and champagne all round.
▪ Others barely notice the baskets of warm toast, the crisp bacon and popping champagne corks.
▪ Yet no one is popping champagne corks.
▪ He came back, enthusiastically popped the cork and poured two glasses of the fizzy wine.
▪ Announcement of the awards set champagne corks popping.
▪ He was twiddling a piece of cork and sucking on his empty pipe.
▪ Hebron is a cork in the bottle.
▪ In 1939, leather was scarce so Magli introduced cork, fabric, velvet, fiber and wood to his shoes.
▪ In the living room, a cork or two popped, releasing a stinging whistle of pressure into the air.
▪ Once you take the cork out, hopefully other things will start to flow.
▪ Open the wine, lucky you've got a vacuum cork.
▪ Out with the corks of the wine, assuming you haven't done so already, and empty it into a saucepan.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Cork \Cork\ (k[^o]rk), n. [Cf. G., Dan., & Sw. kork, D. kurk; all fr. Sp. corcho, fr. L. cortex, corticis, bark, rind. Cf. Cortex.]

  1. The outer layer of the bark of the cork tree ( Quercus Suber), of which stoppers for bottles and casks are made. See Cutose.

  2. A stopper for a bottle or cask, cut out of cork.

  3. A mass of tabular cells formed in any kind of bark, in greater or less abundance.

    Note: Cork is sometimes used wrongly for calk, calker; calkin, a sharp piece of iron on the shoe of a horse or ox.

    Cork jackets, a jacket having thin pieces of cork inclosed within canvas, and used to aid in swimming.

    Cork tree (Bot.), the species of oak ( Quercus Suber of Southern Europe) whose bark furnishes the cork of commerce.


Cork \Cork\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Corked (k[^o]rkt); p. pr. & vb. n. Corking.]

  1. To stop with a cork, as a bottle.

  2. To furnish or fit with cork; to raise on cork.

    Tread on corked stilts a prisoner's pace.
    --Bp. Hall.

    Note: To cork is sometimes used erroneously for to calk, to furnish the shoe of a horse or ox with sharp points, and also in the meaning of cutting with a calk.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

place in Ireland, anglicized from Irish Corcaigh, from corcach "marsh."


c.1300, from Spanish alcorque "cork sole," probably via Arabic and ultimately from Latin quercus "oak" (see Quercus) or cortex (genitive corticis) "bark" (see corium).


1570s, "to put a cork sole on a shoe," from cork (n.)). Meaning "to stop with a cork" is from 1640s. Related: Corked; corking.


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context uncountable English) The bark of the cork oak, which is very light and porous and used for making bottle stoppers, flotation devices, and insulation material. 2 A bottle stopper made from this or any other material. 3 An angling float, also traditionally made of oak cork. 4 The cork oak, ''Quercus suber''. 5 (context botany English) The tissue that grows from the cork cambium. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To seal or stop up, especially with a cork stopper. 2 (context transitive English) To blacken (as) with a burnt cork 3 To leave the cork in a bottle after attempting to uncork it. 4 To fill with cork, as the center of a baseball bat. 5 (context transitive Australia English) To injure through a blow; to induce a haematom

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  1. v. close a bottle with a cork [syn: cork up] [ant: uncork]

  2. stuff with cork; "The baseball player stuffed his bat with cork to make it lighter"

  1. n. outer bark of the cork oak; used for stoppers for bottles etc.

  2. (botany) outer tissue of bark; a protective layer of dead cells [syn: phellem]

  3. a port city in southern Ireland

  4. the plug in the mouth of a bottle (especially a wine bottle)

  5. a small float usually made of cork; attached to a fishing line [syn: bob, bobber, bobfloat]


Cork may refer to:

  • Cork (material), used for bottle stoppers, insulation, etc.
    • Cork (plug), bottle stopper
Cork (surname)

Cork is a surname.

People named Cork include:

  • Alan Cork (born 1959), English footballer and coach
  • Kenneth Cork (died 1991), English insolvency expert
  • Bruce Cork (died 1994), American physicist
  • Dominic Cork (born 1971), English cricketer
  • Jack Cork (born 1989), English footballer
Cork (material)

Cork is an impermeable, buoyant material, a prime-subset of bark tissue that is harvested for commercial use primarily from Quercus suber (the Cork Oak), which is endemic to southwest Europe and northwest Africa. Cork is composed of suberin, a hydrophobic substance and, because of its impermeable, buoyant, elastic, and fire retardant properties, it is used in a variety of products, the most common of which is wine stoppers. The montado landscape of Portugal produces approximately half of cork harvested annually worldwide, with Corticeira Amorim being the leading company in the industry. Cork was examined microscopically by Robert Hooke, which led to his discovery and naming of the cell.

Cork (city)

Cork ( , , from corcach, meaning "marsh") is a city in Ireland, located in the South-West Region, in the province of Munster. It has a population of 119,230, and is the second largest city in the state and the third most populous on the island of Ireland. The greater Metropolitan Cork area (which includes a number of satellite towns and suburbs) has a population exceeding 300,000. In 2005, the city was selected as the European Capital of Culture.

The city is built on the River Lee which splits into two channels at the western end of the city; the city centre is divided by these channels. They reconverge at the eastern end where the quays and docks along the river banks lead outwards towards Lough Mahon and Cork Harbour, one of the world's largest natural harbours.

The city's cognomen of "the rebel city" originates in its support for the Yorkist cause during the English 15th century Wars of the Roses. Corkonians often refer to the city as "the real capital" in reference to the city's role as the centre of anti-treaty forces during the Irish Civil War.

Cork (band)

Cork is a rock duo/supergroup consisting of Eric Schenkman (formerly of the Spin Doctors) and Corky Laing (formerly of Mountain). Though not an official member, the duo have worked closely with Noel Redding (formerly of The Jimi Hendrix Experience), who has both toured with and recorded with Cork. The group has released two albums, 1999's Speed of Thought and 2003's Out There.

Songs from the Cork albums Speed of Thought and Out There were used in the documentary film Liberty Village - Somewhere in Heaven. Corky Laing is a resident of Toronto's Liberty Village and was interviewed in the film.

Cork (barony)

Cork is a barony in County Cork, Ireland, surrounding the city of Cork. The barony comprises the former Liberties of Cork, the area which was within the county of the city of Cork but outside the municipal borough of Cork. The liberties were defined by the charter granted in 1608 by Charles I of England as extending three miles in all directions from the city walls. Under the Municipal Corporations Act (Ireland) 1840, the liberties were detached from the county of the city, and attached to the county of Cork as a new barony.

The Barony of Cork City comprises the former area of the municipal borough. No modifications to barony boundaries have been made since the Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898. The boundary of the city (previously county borough) of Cork has been extended since 1898 beyond the barony of Cork City and now includes parts of the barony of Cork.

Usage examples of "cork".

They are followed by the Right Honourable Joseph Hutchinson, lord mayor of Dublin, his lordship the lord mayor of Cork, their worships the mayors of Limerick, Galway, Sligo and Waterford, twentyeight Irish representative peers, sirdars, grandees and maharajahs bearing the cloth of estate, the Dublin Metropolitan Fire Brigade, the chapter of the saints of finance in their plutocratic order of precedence, the bishop of Down and Connor, His Eminence Michael cardinal Logue, archbishop of Armagh, primate of all Ireland, His Grace, the most reverend Dr William Alexander, archbishop of Armagh, primate of all Ireland, the chief rabbi, the presbyterian moderator, the heads of the baptist, anabaptist, methodist and Moravian chapels and the honorary secretary of the society of friends.

With a discreet pop, Luciano withdrew the cork from his hoarded Barolo, and poured a tiny mouthful for his wife and a glassful for himself.

Bill Brakey brought out a bottle of Scotch, drew the cork and poured out whiskey and ginger ale.

He seized the flask from Castile and pulled the cork allowing the rich aroma to fill the air.

I corked the chardonnay and put it in the fridge, but the damage was done.

He pushed its sleeves toward his elbows, and the corded muscles of his tanned forearms bulged as his long fingers coaxed the cork from a bottle of Chianti classico.

And from it he began to produce bottles--little fat bottles containing powders, small and slender bottles containing coloured and white fluids, fluted blue bottles labeled Poison, bottles with round bodies and slender necks, large green-glass bottles, large white-glass bottles, bottles with glass stoppers and frosted labels, bottles with fine corks, bottles with bungs, bottles with wooden caps, wine bottles, salad-oil bottles--putting them in rows on the chiffonnier, on the mantel, on the table under the window, round the floor, on the bookshelf--everywhere.

The wind carried away the routine warning, and up here the bang of the Coston gun was no louder than the popping of a cork.

Philpot Curran was born at Newmarket, a small village in the county of Cork, on the 24th of July, 1750.

Dublin or Cork or Limerick, or Dagenham like the fellow she met three years ago did.

King of Divs, might use his subjects to assist the Emir in obtaining the cork from thee.

Ramage watched the dogvanes, a string of corks on a stick, each cork with white feathers stuck into it.

She unloaded the rifle he had carried into the woods and pumped the shotgun he had used as a booby-trap to verify that it was empty, and placed them on the fire to burn off the wooden stocks and forepieces, then added the fishing pole to burn the cork handle and line and melt the fiberglass.

Gerard was looking for, the long light and airy hall, two storeys high, where the liquids were fed into the bottles and stoppered by corks, where the caps and the labels were applied and the bottles packed into cases.

He turned to watch Bella--as did Tyrone-and she was something to see in her green microskirt and halter top, walking high on her cork slope-plats.