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a. Any of various hand tools, typically having a threaded shank and cross handle, used for boring holes in wood or ice.
b. A drill bit.
a. A machine having a helical flange attached to a rotating shaft, used for drilling and boring or as a conveyor of loose material.
b. The rotating shaft and flange of such a machine, considered as a single unit.
tr.v. au·gered, au·ger·ing, au·gers
To drill, bore, or convey using an auger.
Phrasal Verb:
auger in
1. To descend out of control and crash. Used of aircraft and pilots.
2. To pay close attention or direct one's energy; concentrate or focus: Let's auger in on the highest priorities.

[Middle English, from an auger, alteration of a nauger, from Old English nafogār, auger; see nobh- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Tools) a hand tool with a bit shaped like a corkscrew, for boring holes in wood
2. (Tools) a larger tool of the same kind for boring holes in the ground
[C15 an augur, resulting from mistaken division of earlier a nauger, from Old English nafugār nave (of a wheel) spear (that is, tool for boring hubs of wheels), from nafu nave2 + gār spear; see gore2]


(ˈɔ gər)

1. a tool for boring holes in wood, similar to but larger than a gimlet, consisting of a bit rotated by a transverse handle.
2. a drill for boring holes in the ground, as to tap a spring.
[before 900; Middle English nauger (a nauger misdivided as an auger), Old English nafogār nave-piercer =nafa nave2 + gār spear; compare gore3, garlic]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.auger - a long flexible steel coil for dislodging stoppages in curved pipes
hand tool - a tool used with workers' hands
snake - something long, thin, and flexible that resembles a snake
2.auger - hand tool for boring holesauger - hand tool for boring holes    
drill - a tool with a sharp point and cutting edges for making holes in hard materials (usually rotating rapidly or by repeated blows)


nStangenbohrer m; (Agr) → Schnecke f
References in classic literature ?
Upon each side of the Pequod's quarter deck, and pretty close to the mizen shrouds, there was an auger hole, bored about half an inch or so, into the plank.
Mr Rackstraw started as if some strong hand had plunged an auger into him.
Many of these holes are as round and as cleanly cut as if they had been made with an auger.
Besides, your story has awakened tender feelings; does not that auger well for me?
Formerly, when how to get my living honestly, with freedom left for my proper pursuits, was a question which vexed me even more than it does now, for unfortunately I am become somewhat callous, I used to see a large box by the railroad, six feet long by three wide, in which the laborers locked up their tools at night; and it suggested to me that every man who was hard pushed might get such a one for a dollar, and, having bored a few auger holes in it, to admit the air at least, get into it when it rained and at night, and hook down the lid, and so have freedom in his love, and in his soul be free.
Are there not crimes for which the impalement of the Turks, the augers of the Persians, the stake and the brand of the Iroquois Indians, are inadequate tortures, and which are unpunished by society?
Meanwhile Calypso came back with some augers, so he bored holes with them and fitted the timbers together with bolts and rivets.
Auger was immediately offered employment as 'The Cardiff Giant.
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Auger was holding a gun, which she raised at one of the police officers.
Material then can flow easily through an oversized opening at the bottom to a horizontal auger that feeds the mixing chamber.