- a bit, as for a brace.
- a boring tool, similar to but larger than a gimlet, consisting of a bit rotated by a transverse handle.
- earth auger.
- a device consisting of a shaft with a broad helical flange rotating within a cylindrical casing to force bulk materials from one end to the other.
- snake(def 3a).
Origin of auger
Examples from the Web for auger
Jack twitched the auger from one of the seamen and flung it into the lagoon.Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas
This point fits into a hole pecked with a point or bored with an auger into the door-sill.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
Then Baugi took the auger again and he bored deeper and deeper into the rock.The Children of Odin
These round holes might be fashioned with an auger, so regular are they.The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles
Jean Henri Fabre
They next tapped the maple-trees on the south side, with an auger of an inch and a half.Taking Tales
- a hand tool with a bit shaped like a corkscrew, for boring holes in wood
- a larger tool of the same kind for boring holes in the ground
Word Origin and History for auger
c.1500, faulty separation of Middle English a nauger, from Old English nafogar "nave drill," from Proto-Germanic *nabogaizaz (cf. Old Norse nafarr, Old Saxon nabuger, Old High German nabuger), a compound whose first element is related to nave (n.2) and whose second is identical to Old English gar "a spear, borer" (see gar). For similar misdivisions, see adder. The same change took place in Dutch (avegaar).