- 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.
- a knur.
- to make knurls or ridges on.
Origin of knurl
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- 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
C17: probably from knur
Word Origin and History for knurl
"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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