Definition of Emery

1. Noun. A hard grey-black mineral consisting of corundum and either hematite or magnetite; used as an abrasive (especially as a coating on paper).

Generic synonyms: Mineral
Terms within: Corundom, Corundum, Haematite, Hematite, Magnetic Iron-ore, Magnetite
Substance meronyms: Emery Paper, Sandpaper

Definition of Emery

1. 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.

Definition of Emery

1. Proper noun. (surname from=given names) ¹

2. Proper noun. (Germanic male given name), today often transferred back from the surname. ¹

3. Proper noun. (given name female from=surnames) used in the 2000s, also associated with the mineral emery. ¹

4. Noun. (mineral) An impure type of corundum, often used for sanding or polishing. ¹

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Definition of Emery

1. a granular corundum [n -ERIES]

Medical Definition of Emery

1. 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. Emery board, cardboard pulp mixed with emery and molded into convenient. Emery cloth or paper, cloth or paper on which the powder of emery is spread and glued for scouring and polishing. Emery wheel, a wheel containing emery, or having a surface of emery. In machine shops, it is sometimes called a buff wheel, and by the manufacturers of cutlery, a glazer. Origin: F. Emeri, earlier emeril, It. Smeriglio, fr. Gr, cf. To wipe; perh. Akin to E. Smear. Cf. Emeril. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Emery

emersed plant
emery (current term)
emery bag
emery bags
emery board
emery boards
emery cloth
emery disks
emery paper
emery rock
emery stone
emery wheel

Literary usage of Emery

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1. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1889)
"Before the end of that year emery (or his engraver) was obliged to surrender the dies, ... After 1842 emery is believed to have left London in debt, ..."

2. A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures, and Mines by Andrew Ure (1858)
"When the vessels are to a certain degree filled with emery, the process is stopped, ... emery paper is prepared by brushing the paper-over with thin glue, ..."

3. The Boston Directory (1862)
"211 Cambridge emery David W. clerk, 75 Cornhill, boards Montgomery,'corner West 1). dham [Third emery Elias, restaurant, 17 Devonshire, house 114 emery ..."

4. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1906)
"After emery had secured these options he immediately informed Clark of the fact, and called his attention to the conversation which he had had with him in ..."

5. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History by American Museum of Natural History (1906)
"3. The sanguinea group. European type: F. sanguinea Latr. The common American forms are the subspecies rubicunda emery and its var. ..."

6. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"Instead, he relied upon the good faith of emery, and clothed him with apparent ... It is not pretended that the acts of emery are beyond the scope of his ..."

7. Economic Geology: With Special Reference to the United States by Heinrich Ries (1910)
"emery. — This is a mechanical mixture of corundum, magnetite or hematite, ... The emery deposits, according to GH Williams, are simply segregations of the ..."

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