emery board
noun Date: 1725 a cardboard nail file covered with emery

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Emery board — Emery boards are pieces of cardboard which have emery or emery paper glued to them, making them both abrasive and flexible, used for fingernail and toenail care. They are used by manicurists to shape and smooth the nail during manicure and… …   Wikipedia

  • Emery board — Emery Em er*y, n. [F. [ e]meri, earlier [ e]meril, It. smeriglio, fr. Gr. ?, ?, ?, cf. ? to wipe; perh. akin to E. smear. Cf. {Emeril}.] (Min.) Corundum in the form of grains or powder, used in the arts for grinding and polishing hard substances …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • emery board — n a narrow piece of stiff paper with emery on it, used for shaping your nails …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • emery board — ► NOUN ▪ a strip of thin wood or card coated with emery or another abrasive and used as a nail file …   English terms dictionary

  • emery board — n. a small, flat stick coated with powdered emery, used as a manicuring instrument …   English World dictionary

  • emery board — noun see emery I, 4 * * * ˈemery board [emery board emery boards] noun a small strip of wood or cardboard covered in ↑emery, used for shaping your nails …   Useful english dictionary

  • emery board — UK [ˈemərɪ ˌbɔː(r)d] / US [ˈemərɪ ˌbɔrd] noun [countable] Word forms emery board : singular emery board plural emery boards an object with a rough surface used for shaping your fingernails …   English dictionary

  • emery board — em′ery board n. clo a small, stiff strip of paper or cardboard coated with powdered emery and used in manicuring • Etymology: 1715–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • emery board — a small, stiff strip of paper or cardboard, coated with powdered emery, used in manicuring. [1715 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • emery board — noun An abrasive material made by gluing grains of emery a rigid material. Often used as a nail file …   Wiktionary

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