American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A knob, knot, or other small protuberance.
- n. One of a series of small ridges or grooves on the surface or edge of a metal object, such as a thumbscrew, to aid in gripping.
- v. To provide with knurls; mill.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A knot; a hard substance; a nodule of stone; a protuberance in the bark of a tree.
- n. A deformed dwarf; a humpback.
- n. In photography, a milled-edge roller used for dotting and softening outrunning lines and making dark spaces lighter.
- n. A contorted knot in wood.
- n. A crossgrained protuberance; a nodule; a boss or projection.
- n. A lined or crossgrained pattern of ridges or indentations rolled or pressed into a part for grip.
- v. To roll or press a pattern of ridges or indentations into a part for grip.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A contorted knot in wood; a crossgrained protuberance; a nodule; a boss or projection.
- n. One who, or that which, is crossgrained.
- v. To provide with ridges, to assist the grasp, as in the edge of a flat knob, or coin; to mill.
- knur + -le (“diminutive”), from Middle English knar ("knot in wood"), earlier sense “a stone”, of Unknown origin. (Wiktionary)
- Probably diminutive of knur. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It's that scanner that peeks under your clothing, creating a ghostly but realistic image of your naked body, accurate down to every curve, knurl, protuberance, carbuncle, wen, bleb, wart and wattle and garfunkel.”
“Think a rough-hewn, Teutonic White Goddess, about a Romantic masterpiece rather than a Welsh riddle-poem, and you'll have the flavor of this weird knurl of taffy.”
“He wore a black coat and waistcoat, old-fashioned in style, with the folds of a tartan plaid draped over his shoulder, caught up with a brooch whose golden gleam was echoed by the ornamental knurl atop the dirk the old man held, his fingers bent and gnarled with arthritis.”
“He hunched forward, wrenching his arms higher and higher up his back until his shoulders felt as if they were about to dislocate, until at last he was holding the little round knurl of the bolt between the thumb and forefinger of his right hand.”
“Instead, I touched the hilt of the dirk; it was topped with a small knurl of gold, roughly shaped like a bird in flight.”
“Thou wilt do that with a Mauser sometime which has no knurl on the bolt and it will fire.”
“He winks out of the corner of his eye at me and says, 'Your old daddy is tough isn't he?' and shows me the end of his thumb calloused and hard as the knurl of white oak; only fire could clean it to the original skin.”
“I have changed the feature properties for the split to my newly created knurled 'colour', then repeated this for the same knurl in the other colour and then added suppression columns to the table to switch between each colour style depending on the colour of the main part.”
“In addition, a knurl ensures a firm seat in the drill-hole.”
“Immediate differences from the front include a new knurl on the Canon T2i's Mode dial, even more rubber grip area, slight nudges of the IR remote window and Self-timer lamp, and the combining of the nameplates into one, rather than two separate badges on the right side.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘knurl’.
terms found in documentation for implantable medical devices and IVD equip
A list of words that are odd or words that I have looked up.
...with grateful thanks to telofy (for "cnidarian"), and to the song "Crazy ABC's" by Barenaked Ladies.
Words listed first by me that don't belong in any other list.
Just what it sounds like. My favorites. Five letters.
A list of words whose meanings I am learning, either because a) I don't know the meaning b) I know the meaning, but could stand to better appreciate certain inflections or secondary meanings or c) ...
words that embody life
words learned from crossword puzzles
Looking for tweets for knurl.