from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fine-grained impure corundum used for grinding and polishing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An impure type of corundum, often used for sanding or polishing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Corundum in the form of grains or powder, used in the arts for grinding and polishing hard substances. Native emery is mixed with more or less magnetic iron. See the Note under corundum.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A granular mineral substance belonging to the species corundum, which when pure consists of alumina with slight traces of various metallic oxids.
- To coat or cover with emery, as in making emery-cloth, emery-paper, or the like.
- To rub or polish with emery or with emery-paper, emery-cloth, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a hard grey-black mineral consisting of corundum and either hematite or magnetite; used as an abrasive (especially as a coating on paper)
Middle English, from Old French emeri, emeril, from Late Latin smericulum, from Greek smiris.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French émeri, from Old French esmeril, from Late Latin smericulum, from Ancient Greek σμῆρις (smēris, "powder used for polishing") (alternative spelling: σμύρις (smuris)). (Wiktionary)