AskDefine | Define emery

Dictionary Definition

emery n : a hard gary-black mineral consisting of corundum and either hematite or magnetite; used as an abrasive (especially as a coating on paper)

User Contributed Dictionary



From émeri, from esmeril, from smericulum, from ‘powder used for polishing’.


  • (UK) /ˈɛməɹi/
  • (US) /ˈɛməɻi/


  1. (mineral) An impure type of corundum, often used for sanding or polishing.
    • 1884, Samuel Smiles, Men of Invention and Industry
      It took me from nine to ten days to grind and polish it ready for parabolising and silvering. I did this by hand labour with the aid of emery, but without a lathe. I finally used rouge instead of emery in grinding down the glass, until I could see my face in the mirror quite plain.

Extensive Definition

Emery may refer to: Emery as a place name:
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See also

emery in German: Emery
emery in French: Emery
emery in Dutch: Emery
emery in Polish: Emery
emery in Volapük: Emery

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

aluminum oxide, auto polish, colcothar, corundum, crocus, emery board, emery paper, file, garnet, grindstone, hone, nail file, novaculite, oilstone, polishes, pumice, pumice stone, rasp, rottenstone, rouge, rubstone, sandpaper, shoe polish, silicon carbide, silver polish, steel, strap, strop, wax, whetrock, whetstone, whittle
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