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  • v. Present participle of gnarl.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Roughened ridging or milling on the edge of a set-screw or other part of a machine. It is made with a gnarling-tool for the purpose of affording a firm hold. Also called gnarled work.


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  • They go, grimacing and gnarling like dogs on a leash.

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  • Among gnarling branches there sprouted round, deathly pale berries the size of his head and even larger and from them emitted a stench like decay.


  • Now he saw that her hands were held awkwardly, the fin - gers gnarling, the joints swelling.

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  • Another poor choice in this respect was his gnarling, patronizing, primeval bearing at the debate.

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  • Leonoa had survived by a blade-thin chance, and even so, she lay four days in a stupor, waking for an evening before lapsing into bone fever, its delirious contortions permanently thwarting her spine's straightness, lengthening one arm and legs, and throwing the plates of her skull awry, gnarling her like a knotgrass doll.

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  • The gnarling and gnashing growls of ferocious beasts filled the night.

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  • But within five steps a net blasted over them, falling like thick lead ropes, blinding Erin with its gnarling mesh.

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  • The shrubbery was thick, gnarling from the ground right into the carpark, and she made her way along it to the open van door.

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