Meaning of “emery” in the English Dictionary

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"emery" in British English

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emerynoun [ U ]

uk /ˈem.ər.i/ us /ˈem.ɚ.i/

Examples from literature

  • After that comes the smoothing process done with a finer sort of emery and water. 
  • Pour sand or emery into the oil cups. 
  • Pulverized flint may be substituted for emery. 
  • The polishing is done by means of hard, wooden rubbers, provided with a plentiful supply of lard-oil and emery. 
  • Upon cleaning the plates with a cork, ground emery, and dilute sulphuric acid, they were found to act still better. 

(Definition of “emery” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)