Oddly, many remember this expression as a term used in describing music i.e. This is screwed music, or this tune is screwed... without realizing the basis of it.

In the 'old days' mechanical turntables were used to 'play' 'records'. These had an adjustment screw which allowed one to set its rotation speed to a calibrated reference, to maintain 'high fidelity', (usually a radial pattern was put on the turntable and a 60 hz lamp made a standing wave pattern which visually allowed a user to synch the speed to the lamp). The 'screw' which was actual a 'bolt', would move an internal cone, and attachment to the spindle of the drive motor, and there a transfer wheel rubbing on the inside of the bottom of the turntable wheel, would press on it. Thus turning the screw, forced the transfer wheel to locate itself along a different conic radius, spinning the record at a different speed.

As the 'art' of 'playing a record' evolved, the use of this 'screw' to imply a taste onto the record playback, through its speed, became popular. Some turntables were later offered with servo (electromechanical) screws, so that speed modification, could be encoded and programmed, for repeatable shows. It was first merely a technology, which turned to art, and then converted to an appreciation of the result, which made this term popular... then, the term... became separated and self standing as slang.
Using the calibration screw to adjust turntable speeds:



We bang screw when were fucked up.

Down South We bang screw all day and night
by jonadark April 23, 2009
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Top Definition
Euphemism for fuck. Anyway you use it.
Screw you.
You're screwed.
That's pretty screwy (fucked up).
Wanna screw?
I can't find a screw...
(... seriously. If you're looking for fucking screws, you're never gonna get laid. So you're desperately looking for a fuck. Cause nails work better... or I just desperately wanted this definition to work. I think screwed this definitions ratings)
by ~The Nameless One~ May 20, 2005
A nail with threads.
I'm going to use this screw to hang the moose head on. Hand me the hammer.
by shadowprince February 03, 2010
1. To have sex
2. Similar to the word "fuck", screw can be used to mean to mess someone up or treat them badly
3. To mess something up, turn things for the worse, usually followed by the word "up"
1. Did Jane and Dave really screw last night?
2. They totally screwed me by charging me twice!
3. I really can't screw up this job interview, I need money.
by babyg May 05, 2005
a disrespectful slang term used by prisoners to describe prison officers.
The screws beat me up real good the other nite
by Shane Smith May 08, 2005
A metal object used to hold other metal (usually) objects together. It works with a spiral tip that you twist and turn into an inverted spiral hole.
I should prolly screw a screw into that there bookshelf.
by Bigface October 27, 2004
Ship or submarine propeller
The sonar identified the submarine as British, Trafalgar class, having a single screw.
by rich May 18, 2004
refers to a technique of remixing rap music which developed in the Houston rap scene in the early 1990s by Robert Earl Davis Jr. aka DJ Screw. This is accomplished by slowing the tempo.
"If It's Too Fast I Can Screw It Up"
by PlayasNation May 26, 2009

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