nurl

[nurl]

knurl

or nurl

[nurl]
noun
  1. 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.
  2. a knur.
verb (used with object)
  1. to make knurls or ridges on.

Origin of knurl

1600–10; earlier knurle (noun). See knur, -le
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Examples from the Web for nurls

Historical Examples of nurls

  • The nurls and birds' eyes and curls were highly prized in furniture thirty years ago, when we used the smooth plain.


British Dictionary definitions for nurls

knurl

nurl

verb (tr)
  1. to impress with a series of fine ridges or serrations
noun
  1. a small ridge, esp one of a series providing a rough surface that can be gripped

Word Origin for knurl

C17: probably from knur
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Word Origin and History for nurls

knurl

n.

"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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