AskDefine | Define cork

Dictionary Definition



1 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]


1 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"

User Contributed Dictionary

see Cork




  1. Made from, or consisting of, cork.
    Look at that cork statue.


  1. The bark of the cork oak, which is very light and porous and is very good for making bottle stoppers and insulation material.
  2. A bottle stopper made from this or any other material.
    It is hard to call it wine with a straight-face, when the cork is made of plastic.


bark of the cork oak
  • Czech: korek
  • Finnish: korkki
  • French: liège
  • Greek: φελλός (fellós)
  • Italian: s. m. sughero
  • Portuguese: cortiça
  • Romanian: plută
  • Serbian: pluta
  • Swedish: kork
bottle stopper
  • Czech: zátka
  • Finnish: korkki
  • Greek: φελλός (fellós)
  • Hebrew: ,
  • Italian: turacciolo
  • Portuguese: rolha
  • Serbian: pampur , zapušač
  • Swedish: kork


  1. To seal or stop up, especially with a cork stopper.
  2. To leave the cork in a bottle after attempting to uncork it.
  3. In the context of "slang": To be quiet.
    He was so loud I told him to cork it.
  4. In the context of "baseball": To fill the center of a bat with cork.
    He corked his bat, which was discovered when it broke, causing a controversy.

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Cork may refer to:
cork in Lithuanian: Cork
cork in Dutch: Cork
cork in Simple English: Cork
cork in Slovak: Cork

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