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countersink

[v., n. koun-ter-singk; v. also koun-ter-singk] /v., n. ˈkaʊn tərˌsɪŋk; v. also ˌkaʊn tərˈsɪŋk/
verb (used with object), countersank, countersunk, countersinking.
1.
to enlarge the upper part of (a cavity), especially by chamfering, to receive the cone-shaped head of a screw, bolt, etc.
2.
to cause (the head of a screw, bolt, etc.) to sink into a prepared depression so as to be flush with or below the surface.
noun
3.
a tool for countersinking a hole.
4.
a countersunk hole.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; counter- + sink
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Examples from the web for countersink
  • Too slow a speed will cause the countersink to chatter.
  • May countersink nails or screws below surface of wall prior to applying sealing compound using hammer or screwdriver.
  • countersink nails or screws below surfaces of walls before applying sealing compounds, using hammers or screwdrivers.
  • countersink bolts and nuts flush with surfaces, unless otherwise indicated.
  • countersink bolt heads flush with the surface of nailers.
  • countersink bolt heads below top surface of nailers.
  • countersink screw and fill hole with glue-soaked dowel of same wood species.
British Dictionary definitions for countersink

countersink

/ˈkaʊntəˌsɪŋk/
verb (transitive) -sinks, -sinking, -sank, -sunk
1.
to enlarge the upper part of (a hole) in timber, metal, etc, so that the head of a bolt or screw can be sunk below the surface
2.
to drive (a screw) or sink (a bolt) into such an enlarged hole
noun
3.
Also called countersink bit. a tool for countersinking
4.
a countersunk depression or hole
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