: a small protuberance, excrescence, or knob
: one of a series of small ridges or beads on a metal surface to aid in gripping
knurled adjective
knurly adjective

Examples of knurl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bar features multiple knurl positions and lengths for your convenience and safety, with a 700-pound total capacity. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 21 Sep. 2022 The medium, diamond knurling with center knurl makes this safer to use. Tim Kohut, BGR, 30 June 2021

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Word History


probably blend of knur and gnarl

First Known Use

1608, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of knurl was in 1608

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“Knurl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/knurl. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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