knurl
noun Etymology: probably blend of knur and gnarl Date: 1608 1. a small protuberance, excrescence, or knob 2. one of a series of small ridges or beads on a metal surface to aid in gripping • knurled adjectiveknurly adjective

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  • Knurl — (n[^u]rl), n. [See {Knar}, {Gnar}.] A contorted knot in wood; a crossgrained protuberance; a nodule; a boss or projection. [1913 Webster] 2. One who, or that which, is crossgrained. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Knurl — (n[^u]rl), v. t. To provide with ridges, to assist the grasp, as in the edge of a flat knob, or coin; to mill. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knurl — (n.) hard excrescence, c.1600, probably a dim. of M.E. knor knot (c.1400), related to gnarl, from P.Gmc. *knur (Cf. Ger. knorren a knotty excrescence ). Related: Knurly …   Etymology dictionary

  • knurl — ► NOUN ▪ a small projecting knob or ridge. DERIVATIVES knurled adjective. ORIGIN apparently from High German knorre knobbed protuberance …   English terms dictionary

  • knurl — [nʉrl] n. [prob. blend of KNUR + GNARL1] 1. a knot, knob, nodule, etc. 2. any of a series of small beads or ridges, as along the edge of a coin or on a dial 3. Scot. a short, thickset person vt. to make knurls on; mill knurled …   English World dictionary

  • knurl — /nerrl/, n. 1. a small ridge or bead, esp. one of a series, as on a button for decoration or on the edge of a thumbscrew to assist in obtaining a firm grip. 2. a knur. v.t. 3. to make knurls or ridges on. Also, nurl. [1600 10; earlier knurle (n.) …   Universalium

  • knurl — 1. noun a) A contorted knot in wood. b) A crossgrained protuberance; a nodule; a boss or projection. 2. verb To roll or press a pattern of ridges or indentations into a part for grip …   Wiktionary

  • knurl — Synonyms and related words: Vandyke, bilge, blain, blaze, bleb, blister, blob, boss, bow, bubble, bulb, bulge, bulla, bump, bunch, burl, button, cahot, chine, chop, clump, condyle, convex, crenellate, crenulate, crimp, cut, dowel, ear, flange,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • knurl — nÉœrl /nɜːl n. small ridged protuberance; knur, protuberance, knot …   English contemporary dictionary

  • knurl — [nə:l] noun a small projecting knob or ridge. Derivatives knurled adjective Origin C17: appar. a derivative of ME knur, var. of knarre (see knar) …   English new terms dictionary

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