Definitions of emery

  1. a hard gary-black mineral consisting of corundum and either hematite or magnetite; used as an abrasive (especially as a coating on paper) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A very hard mineral substance, used when powdered for grinding or polishing. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. A very hard mineral, used as powder for polishing, etc. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. Hard mineral used for polishing. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. A very hard black mineral; used in powder for polishing, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. A variety of corundum, distinguished for its extreme hardness, and usually occurring in masses of a black or bluish-grey colour, the powder of which is used for polishing metals, gems, and other hard substances. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. A very hard mineral substance used for polishing articles made of metals or hard stones. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. em'[.e]r-i, n. a very hard mineral, a variety of corundum, used as powder for polishing, &c.--v.t. to rub or coat with emery.--ns. EM'ERY-P[=A]'PER, paper covered with emery-powder for polishing; EM'ERY-POW'DER, ground emery; EM'ERY-WHEEL, a wheel coated with emery for polishing. [O. Fr. esmeril, emeril--Low L. smericulum--Gr. sm[=e]ris--smaein, to rub.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  10. Coarse corundum used for polishing metal, stone\'s, &c.; e.-cloth, -paper, -wheel, (covered with e. powder). [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  11. [Fr., It., Gr.] A granular variety of Corundum (q.v.), generally mixed with iron ore ; chiefly imported from Naxos ; found also in several parts of Europe, Asia Minor, America, and India ; crushed and sifted to various degrees of fineness. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  12. n. [Greek] Corundum blended with oxide of iron, used in the arts for grinding and polishing metals, hard stones, and glass Cabinet Dictionary
  13. Emery is an iron ore. It is prepared by grinding in mills. It is useful in cleaning and polishing steel. Complete Dictionary

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