Meaning of Whitworth in English:


Pronunciation /ˈwɪtwəθ/


as modifier
  • Denoting a standard series of screw threads in imperial sizes.

    ‘They were also less prone to misalignment or cross threading than either the traditional design or even the Whitworth thread.’
    • ‘I have an old machine which has Whitworth screws on so to find out which they were I got a Whitworth thread gauge from my local D.I.Y. shop.’


Late 19th century from the name of Sir Joseph Whitworth (1803–87), English engineer.