knurl

noun
\ˈnər(-ə)l \

Definition of knurl 

1 : a small protuberance, excrescence, or knob

2 : one of a series of small ridges or beads on a metal surface to aid in gripping

Other Words from knurl

knurled \ˈnər(-ə)ld \ adjective
knurly \ˈnər-lē \ adjective

First Known Use of knurl

1608, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for knurl

probably blend of knur and gnarl

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