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screw eye

a screw having a ring-shaped head.
Origin of screw eye
First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The pin for this pivot may be a thick flat-head wire nail, screw, or even a screw eye.

    Carpentry and Woodwork Edwin W. Foster
  • There is to be a screw eye attached to the foot of the couch.

  • After three or four years you can't see the screw eye, it grows right into the tree.

  • The head of the horizontal bolt rests upon the screw eye which is immediately below the head of the suspended bolt.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • This screw eye must have an opening large enough to permit an iron machine bolt (G) to pass through it easily.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • The connection is made with a screw eye similar to the one used in the crossarm.

  • This stick is useful in lowering window shades that have a ring or screw eye attached to the lower part of the shade.

  • A stick was nailed across the end of each spoke and the bail of the pail was held by a screw eye threaded into this stick.

    The Scientific American Boy A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
  • A screw eye is placed at the front end, as shown, to which is attached a string to pull it by.

    Toy Craft Leon H. Baxter
  • It is best to bore the hole for the screw eye first, in order to prevent splitting the block.

    Toy Craft Leon H. Baxter
British Dictionary definitions for screw eye

screw eye

a wood screw with its shank bent into a ring
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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