- a granular mineral substance consisting typically of corundum mixed with magnetite or hematite, used powdered, crushed, or consolidated for grinding and polishing.
Origin of emery
- a male or female given name.
Examples from the Web for emery
Round this a piece of leather is stretched and dressed with emery.The Story of the Invention of Steel Pens
Whenever you go into a machine shop, look at the emery wheel.Practical Mechanics for Boys
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He reached them, and it proved to be Emery, the black steward.The History of Little Peter, the Ship Boy
I wonder if Snyder could have put that emery into the oil-cup himself?Cab and Caboose
"Thar's thread and needles in a needle-case, an' an emery," said Christianna.The Long Roll
- a hard greyish-black mineral consisting of corundum with either magnetite or haematite: used as an abrasive and polishing agent, esp as a coating on paper, cloth, etc. Formula: Al 2 O 3
- (as modifier)emery paper
Word Origin and History for emery
"granular mixture used as an abrasive," late 15c., from Middle French émeri, from Old French esmeril, from Italian smeriglo, from Vulgar Latin *smyrilium, from Greek smyris "abrasive powder" used for rubbing and polishing, probably a non-Greek word, perhaps from a Semitic source.