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bort

or boart, bortz

[ bawrt ]
/ bɔrt /
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noun
low-quality diamond, in granular aggregate or small fragments, valuable only in crushed or powdered form, especially for industrial use as an abrasive.
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Origin of bort

1615–25; apparently metathetic variant of *brot (Old English gebrot fragment); akin to Middle English brotel brittle, Old Norse brot fragment

OTHER WORDS FROM bort

borty, adjective
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How to use bort in a sentence

  • Such drills, set with bortz diamonds, have accomplished remarkable feats.

    Inventors at Work|George Iles

British Dictionary definitions for bort

bort

boart bortz (bɔːts)

/ (bɔːt) /

noun
an inferior grade of diamond used for cutting and drilling or, in powdered form, as an industrial abrasive

Derived forms of bort

borty, adjective

Word Origin for bort

Old English gebrot fragment; related to Old Norse brot piece, Old High German broz bud
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