bort

or boart, bortz

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

Origin of bort

1
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
  1. an inferior grade of diamond used for cutting and drilling or, in powdered form, as an industrial abrasive

Origin of bort

1
Old English gebrot fragment; related to Old Norse brot piece, Old High German broz bud

Derived forms of bort

  • borty, adjective

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