[ nurl ]
/ nɜrl /
a small ridge or bead, especially one of a series, as on a button for decoration or on the edge of a thumbscrew to assist in obtaining a firm grip.
verb (used with object)
to make knurls or ridges on.
lever, latch, doorknob, bump, swelling, chunk, wad, tumor, bulge, pile, knot, hunk, blister, abscess, bruise, sore, welt, inflammation, injury, contusion
Origin of knurl
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/ (nɜːl) /
to impress with a series of fine ridges or serrations
a small ridge, esp one of a series providing a rough surface that can be gripped
Word Origin for knurl
C17: probably from knur
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"hard excrescence," c.1600, probably a diminutive of Middle English knor "knot" (c.1400), related to gnarl, from Proto-Germanic *knur- (cf. German knorren "a knotty excrescence"). Related: Knurly.
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