• WordNet 3.6
    • n emery a hard grey-black mineral consisting of corundum and either hematite or magnetite; used as an abrasive (especially as a coating on paper)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Emery (Min) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n emery A granular mineral substance belonging to the species corundum, which when pure consists of alumina with slight traces of various metallic oxids. Emery, however, is in general not pure corundum, but mechanically mixed with more or less magnetite or hematite. It occurs in very hard nodules or amorphous masses in various parts of the world, but the chief supply comes from Asia Minor and the Grecian archipelago. Its principal use is in grinding and polishing glass, stone, and metal surfaces. For use the stone is usually crushed to a power of varying degrees of fineness, which is attached as a coating to paper, cloth, wood, etc. The solid stone itself, however, is sometimes used, worked into suitable shape.
    • emery To coat or cover with emery, as in making emery-cloth, emery-paper, or the like.
    • emery To rub or polish with emery or with emery-paper, emery-cloth, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Emery em′ėr-i a very hard mineral, a variety of corundum, used as powder for polishing, &c
    • v.t Emery to rub or coat with emery
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. émeri, earlier émeril, It. smeriglio, fr. Gr. , , , cf. to wipe; perh. akin to E. smear,. Cf. Emeril


In literature:

Captain Emery de Caen insisted that peace had been declared two months before, but the Kirkes would not admit this.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Carborundum, being harder and sharper than emery, has replaced it very largely.
"A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public" by Frank Bertram Wade
Emery, William H., 278.
"As I Remember" by Marian Gouverneur
Peck & Kellum, and Steele & Emery, New Haven, Conn.; W.S.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
But a little emery paper on Bascom's good points wouldn't hurt 'em very much.
"Hepsey Burke" by Frank Noyes Westcott
Next, he rubbed it with emery paper, and finished it with a burnisher.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
Of this jelly take three or four spoonfuls, and mix it to a consistence with the addition of emery.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Apollonius Thyanaeus never drank any wine, no more than St. Fulgentius, bishop, S. Stephen, king of Poland, and cardinal Emeri.
"Ebrietatis Encomium" by Boniface Oinophilus
For the emery dust soon ceased to glisten in the air and the steel died of a distemper.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
Two lads, Teddy Wright and Neal Emery, embark on the steam yacht Day Dream for a cruise to the tropics.
"Adrift on the Pacific" by Edward S. Ellis

In poetry:

The Emery-ball just there had a fall—
She had danced too long at one time,
And that put a stop to the merry hop,
And that brings an end to my rhyme.
"The Needle and Thread" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

Bears head coach Lovie Smith and GM Phil Emery don't feel extra pressure but want to win now.
UK Tennis Coach Dennis Emery Announces Retirement.
Emery Konick Jr, a longtime administrator with the Jersey City public schools and a sports writer in Central Jersey, died Sunday after battling cancer for many years.
Justin Emery of the West Pelzer fire department helps clean up a tree after it fell during a quick-moving thunderstorm late Tuesday afternoon.
Defense pushes Gunnison past Emery .
Gunnison's Colby Caldwell slide safe into home, beating Emery 's Kaden Feichko to the play, during Gunnison's 2-0 win in the 2A State Baseball Tournament Friday, May 11, 2012 in St George.
(MCT) — SAN FRANCISCO — It's too bad Colin Kaepernick wasn't available when Phil Emery set out to find a backup quarterback.
Talon Shumway (21) joins Nick Emery, T.J.
Bears general manager Phil Emery.
Two "free-range" llamas are the sole remaining inhabitants of Woodside, Utah, a ghost town in Emery County.
Hawks' Emery nominated for Masterton Trophy.
She was married to Emery Howe .
Marcia Emery is a psychologist, intuitive consultant, and college professor at Energy Medicine University in Sausalito, Calif, Holos University in Bolivar, Mo.
Stephen Becker McDermott Will & Emery.
EMERY P DALESIO, Associated Press.

In science:

Modelling of the FIR emission of Sh 125 also indicates the dust to be severely depleted in the H ii region while normal dust/gas ratio is observed in the PDR, but with a ma jor fraction in the form of VSG (Aannestad & Emery, 2001).
High excitation ISM and gas
Emery, in Highly Conducting One-Dimensional Solids, eds. J. T.
Bosonization of Interacting Fermions in Arbitrary Dimensions
First, by combining the classical Bakry-Emery criteria with the perturbation result of Holley and Stroock, the measure µ actually satisfies a LSI under very mild assumptions on V : basically, if V is smooth, and is α -convex at infinity, then a LSI for µ holds.
Two mathematical tools to analyze metastable stochastic processes
Emery, Highly Conducting One-Dimensional Solids (Plenum, New York, 1979).
Persistent Currents in Mesoscopic Hubbard Rings with Spin-Orbit Interaction
In the first of these, Emery and Kivelson4 found that a bosonized version of the model could be reduced to a resonant level model which becomes diagonal for a special value of perpendicular coupling Jz .
Bosonization in the two-channel Kondo model