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nutcracker (compound lever)

Definition:

a compound lever used to crack nuts open

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Plural:

nutcrackers

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

nut + cracker
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

All senses of nutcracker...

Definition references  (+images)

Britannica Encyclopedia:

nutcracker [bird] | Nucifraga caryocatactes [species] | Nucifraga [genus]

either of two sharp-billed, short-tailed birds belonging to the family Corvidae, found in coniferous forests. The Eurasian nutcracker ranges from ... (20 of 156 words, 2 images)

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Wiktionary:

nutcracker | nutcrackers [plural] | Nucifraga [genus, sense-specific]

An implement for cracking nuts. | Either of two birds of the genus Nucifraga in the crow family. (17 of 18 words, 2 definitions, 2 images)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/nutcracker

Wikipedia:

Nutcracker (disambiguation)

a tool for cracking nuts. Nutcracker or The Nutcracker may also refer to: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, a 1816 story by E.T.A. Hoffmann The Nutcracker (Histoire d'un casse-noisette, 1844): a revision by Alexandre Dumas, père | The Nutcracker, a ... (40 of 317 words, 21 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

nutcracker

[often plural] a device for cracking the shells of nuts | either of two birds, "Nucifraga caryocatactes" of the Old World or "N. columbianus" (Clark's ... (24 of 311 words, 2 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/nutcracker

Columbia Encyclopedia:

nutcracker

common name for a small crow of the genus "Nucifraga" in the family Corvidae (crow family). The Old World nutcracker ("N. caryocatactes") is found ... (24 of 173 words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

nutcracker | nutcrackers

(usually "nutcrackers") : a device for cracking nuts. | [modifier] : denoting a person's nose and chin with the points near each other, either ... (23 of 101 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/nutcracker

American Heritage Dictionary:

nutcracker

An implement used to crack nuts, typically consisting of two hinged metal levers between which the nut is squeezed. | Any of various birds of the ... (25 of 60 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

nutcracker | Nucifraga caryocatactes [species, sense-specific]

an instrument for cracking the shells of nuts, usually consisting of two hinged metal levers, between which the nut is squeezed | either of two ... (24 of 52 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/nutcracker

Random House Dictionary:

nutcracker

an instrument or device for cracking the shells of nuts. | any of several corvine birds of the genus "Nucifraga" that feed on nuts, as the common ... (26 of 47 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

nutcracker [countable] | nutcrackers [plural]

a tool for breaking open the shells of nuts (9 of 34 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/nutcracker

Cambridge Dictionary:

nutcracker | nutcrackers [British]

a tool for breaking the shell of a nut, so that you can remove and eat the softer part inside (20 of 28 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/nutcracker

Merriam-Webster:

nutcracker

an implement for cracking nuts (5 of 28 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/nutcracker

Encarta Dictionary:

nutcracker | nutcrackers [plural]

a tool for cracking hard nutshells, usually consisting of two hinged metal arms between which the nut is squeezed | a bird of the crow family that ... (26 of 136 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861684156​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Wiktionary:

nutcracker | nutcrackers [plural]

Origin: nut + cracker

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/nutcracker

nut | nuts [plural] | nutted [past tense] | nutting [present participle]

Origin: Middle English nute, note, from Old English hnutu, from Proto-Germanic *hnutuz ("nut") (compare West Frisian nút, Dutch noot, German Nuss), from Proto-Indo-European *knu-, *kneu-... (24 of 34 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/nut

cracker | crackers [plural]

Origin: the verb to crack. Hard "bread/biscuit" sense first attested 1739, though "hard wafer" sense attested 1440. | Various theories exists regarding this term's application to poor white Southerners. One theory holds that it originated with ... (34 of 124 etymology words)

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Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

nutcracker

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "nutcracker"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

nutcracker [countable] | nutcrackers [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "nutcracker"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/nutcracker

Macmillan American Dictionary:

nutcracker [countable] | nutcrackers [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "nutcracker"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/nutcracker

Cambridge Dictionary:

nutcracker

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "nutcracker"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "nutcracker"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/nutcracker

the Free Dictionary:

nutcracker

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "nutcracker"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "nutcracker"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "nutcracker" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

nutcracker | nutcrackers [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "nutcracker"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

nutcracker

Audio: North American pronunciation of "nutcracker"

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YourDictionary Audio:

nutcracker

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "nutcracker" by speech synthesizer

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