thumbscrew

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈθʌmskruː/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈθʌmˌskru/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(thumskro̅o̅′)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
thumb•screw /ˈθʌmˌskru/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Buildinga screw having a flat head that may be turned easily with the thumb and forefinger.
  2. Often,  thumbscrews. [plural] an old instrument of torture by which one or both thumbs were squeezed.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
thumb•screw  (thumskro̅o̅′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Buildinga screw, the head of which is so constructed that it may be turned easily with the thumb and a finger.
  2. Often,  thumbscrews. an old instrument of torture by which one or both thumbs were compressed.
  • thumb + screw 1705–15

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
thumbscrew /ˈθʌmˌskruː/ n
  1. an instrument of torture that pinches or crushes the thumbs
  2. a screw with projections on its head enabling it to be turned by the thumb and forefinger
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