How Do You Spell CORK?

Pronunciation: [kˈɔːk] (IPA)

The spelling of the word "cork" can be explained using the IPA phonetic transcription. The word /kɔrk/ has a first sound represented by the letter "c" with a "k" sound. The second sound is represented by the letter "o" with a short "ɔ" sound. The third sound is represented by the letter "r" with a rolling "r" sound. Finally, the last sound is represented by the letter "k" with another "k" sound. Together, these sounds form the word "cork" which can refer to a type of tree bark or a material used for sealing wine bottles.

CORK Meaning and Definition

  1. Cork is a versatile natural material derived from the bark of the cork oak tree (scientifically known as Quercus suber), which is predominantly found in countries around the Mediterranean region like Portugal, Spain, and Morocco. It is known for its unique properties and is primarily used for stoppers in wine bottles, although its applications extend to various industries.

    In its natural form, cork possesses several beneficial characteristics. It is lightweight, resilient, and compressible, allowing it to be easily compressed and then bounce back to its original shape. Additionally, it is an efficient insulator against heat, cold, and noise due to its cellular structure, consisting of microscopic air-filled pockets. This property makes it ideal for use as wall or floor coverings, in the construction industry, and even as an effective material for musical instruments.

    The cork extraction process involves the careful removal of the tree's outer bark layer, without causing damage to the inner layers or the tree itself. Subsequently, the bark is dried before it can be processed and utilized in various industries.

    Moreover, cork has excellent natural fire-retardant properties, which make it a safe choice for products requiring fire resistance. It is also hypoallergenic, resistant to rotting and impervious to moisture, making it highly durable and suitable for humid environments.

    Overall, cork is an environmentally friendly material, as the harvest of cork bark promotes the health and growth of the trees, thereby aiding in the sequestration of carbon dioxide. Its unique qualities have made it a versatile material with extensive applications in sectors like construction, design, insulation, and, most notably, as closures for wine bottles.

  2. • A species of oak whose bark, called cork, is extensively used in making stoppers for bottles, casks, &c.
    • To stop bottles or casks with corks; to make fast with a cork.

    Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Etymology of CORK

The word "cork" originated from the Old English word "cyrice" or "cirice", which referred to the cork oak tree in Latin called "Quercus suber". This Latin term later evolved into "corcus" in Old French and eventually became "cork" in English.

Idioms with the word CORK

  • pop one's cork The idiom "pop one's cork" means to lose one's temper, become very angry, or go into a fit of rage. It is often used to describe a sudden and intense emotional outburst or display of anger.
  • cork sth up The idiom "cork sth up" means to suppress or bottle up one's feelings, emotions, or thoughts, choosing not to express them openly or share them with others. It can also refer to hiding or concealing information or keeping it secret. The phrase often implies keeping something internalized or locked away, similar to corking a bottle to prevent its contents from spilling out.
  • cork up The idiom "cork up" refers to the act of suppressing or containing one's emotions, thoughts, or opinions. It implies the action of bottling up or restraining oneself from expressing or releasing something.
  • pop one’s cork The idiom "pop one's cork" means to become extremely angry or to lose one's temper.
  • blow one’s cork The idiom "blow one's cork" means to lose one's temper or become extremely angry. It refers to the act of a cork popping out of a bottle under pressure, symbolizing an outburst of anger or frustration.
  • Put a cork in it! The idiomatic phrase "Put a cork in it!" is an informal way of telling someone to be quiet, to stop talking, or to cease making noise.
  • cork something up The idiom "cork something up" means to suppress or conceal something, particularly emotions, thoughts, or issues. It is often used to describe the act of bottling up one's feelings or problems, by metaphorically using a cork to seal them off from the outside world.
  • blow one's cork The idiom "blow one's cork" refers to someone becoming extremely angry, losing their temper, or becoming overly emotional or frustrated in a sudden, explosive manner. It is often used to describe a person's outburst or out-of-control behavior in response to a situation or provocation.
  • pull a cork The idiom "pull a cork" generally refers to the act of opening a bottle of wine or champagne by pulling out the cork. However, metaphorically, it can also mean to celebrate, have a good time, or start a joyful event or occasion.
  • cork high and bottle deep
  • liquid cork

Similar spelling words for CORK

Plural form of CORK is CORKS

Conjugate verb Cork


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