knurl

[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)
3.
to make knurls or ridges on.
Also, nurl.


Origin:
1600–10; earlier knurle (noun). See knur, -le

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knurl or nurl (nɜːl)
 
vb
1.  to impress with a series of fine ridges or serrations
 
n
2.  a small ridge, esp one of a series providing a rough surface that can be gripped
 
[C17: probably from knur]
 
nurl or nurl
 
vb
 
n
 
[C17: probably from knur]

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knurl
1608, probably a dim. of M.E. knor "knot" (c.1400), related to gnarl, from P.Gmc. *knur- (cf. Ger. knorren "a knotty excrescence").
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Knurl, there's no way to tell someone who hasn't had one of these events that they are real, but they are.
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