- having small ridges on the edge or surface; milled.
- having knurls or knots; gnarled.
Origin of knurled
- 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
Examples from the Web for knurled
Contemporary Examples of knurled
Savor the perfectly pitched ear required to turn a simple phrase like “a dumpling, some knurled pouch of gristle.”The Slacker Generation's Swift
March 3, 2010
Historical Examples of knurled
As the adjustment is changed on the knurled screw a difference in the idling of the engine should be noticed.Aviation Engines
Victor Wilfred Pag
Upon its circumference is a knurled or milled nut c, which is threaded internally to receive the threaded wings of the bush b.
To operate d it is knurled or milled at g, or it may have pin spanner holes as at h.
A knurled locking nut is also provided for holding the scriber in any fixed position.
This head may be secured in any desired position by means of a knurled thumb nut.
- 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
Word Origin and History for knurled
"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.