jackscrew

[ jak-skroo ]
/ ˈdʒækˌskru /

noun

a jack for lifting, consisting of a screw steadied by a threaded support and carrying a plate or other part bearing the load.

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Also called screw jack.

Origin of jackscrew

First recorded in 1760–70; jack1 + screw
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Example sentences from the Web for jackscrew

  • The Indian gazed a moment, then rose quickly, and put on the jackscrew.

    Rolf In The Woods|Ernest Thompson Seton
  • The axle was slightly bent, and a blacksmith had to bring clamps and a jackscrew before the new wheel could be adjusted.

    The Silent Barrier|Louis Tracy

British Dictionary definitions for jackscrew

jackscrew
/ (ˈdʒækˌskruː) /

noun

another name for screw jack
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