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Definitions for emery
ˈɛm ə ri, ˈɛm rieme·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. emerynoun

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


  1. emerynoun

    An impure type of corundum, often used for sanding or polishing.

  2. Emerynoun

    used in the 2000s, also associated with the mineral emery.

  3. Emerynoun

    A surname.

  4. Emerynoun

    A male given name from the Germanic languages, today often transferred back from the surname.

  5. Emerynoun

    A female given name transferred from the surname, of 2000s usage, also associated with the mineral emery.

  6. Emerynoun

    A city in South Dakota.

  7. Emerynoun

    A town in Utah.

  8. Emerynoun

    A town in Wisconsin.

  9. Etymology: From medieval Germanic personal names, either a variant of Amory, from Amalric, Proto-Germanic *amal ("vigor, bravery") + rīhhi ("ruler"), or of Henry, from Heimrich, from heim ("home") + rīhhi ("ruler").

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Emerynoun

    Emery is an iron ore, considerably rich. It is usually of a dusky brownish red on the surface; but, when broken, of a fine bright iron grey, but not without some tinge of redness, and is spangled all over with shining specks. It is also sometimes very red, and then contains veins of gold. It is found in the island of Guernsey, in Tuscany, and many parts of Germany. It has a near relation to the magnet. Emery has been recommended by the ancients as an abstergent, but it must be used with great caution. It is prepared by grinding in mills; and the lapidaries cut the ordinary gems on their wheels by sprinkling the wetted powder over them; but it will not cut diamonds. It is useful in cleaning and polishing steel. John Hill Mat. Med.

    Etymology: smyris, Latin; esmeril, French.


  1. emery

    Emery is a type of hard, dark rock that is used as an abrasive and a polish. It is typically crushed into a powder and used on an emery board or cloth, to smooth or polish metals and other materials, often in the form of emery paper. Emery is a mixture of finely ground synthetic or natural minerals such as corundum and magnetite.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Emerynoun

    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

  2. Etymology: [F. meri, earlier meril, It. smeriglio, fr. Gr. , , , cf. to wipe; perh. akin to E. smear. Cf. Emeril.]


  1. Emery

    Emery is an American four-piece post-hardcore band from Seattle, Washington currently signed to Solid State Records. Emery was founded in Rock Hill, South Carolina by Toby Morrell, Devin Shelton, Matt Carter, Josh Head, Joel Green and Seth Studley, and moved to Seattle in order to reach a more music centered scene. Before signing with Tooth & Nail Records, Emery recorded two EPs, The Columbus EEP Thee and The Weak's End demo that they used to attract attention from labels. With Tooth & Nail, they have recorded five studio albums, and two EPs. The Weak's End, their debut album, was released in 2004, followed by The Question in 2005 and I'm Only A Man in 2007. The latter fulfilled Emery's contract with Tooth & Nail. However, the band re-signed with the label and released ...In Shallow Seas We Sail on June 2, 2009. The band's most recent album, We Do What We Want, was released on March 29, 2011.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Emery

    em′ėr-i, n. a very hard mineral, a variety of corundum, used as powder for polishing, &c.—v.t. to rub or coat with emery.—ns. Em′ery-pā′per, paper covered with emery-powder for polishing; Em′ery-pow′der, ground emery; Em′ery-wheel, a wheel coated with emery for polishing. [O. Fr. esmeril, emeril—Low L. smericulum—Gr. smērissmaein, to rub.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Emery

    a dull, blue-black mineral, allied in composition to the sapphire, but containing a varying quantity of iron oxide; is found in large masses; is exceedingly hard, and largely used in polishing metals, plate-glass, and precious stones.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. emery

    A powder made by grinding a mineral,—corundum,—used by soldiers for cleaning their arms.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. EMERY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Emery is ranked #1365 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Emery surname appeared 25,839 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 9 would have the surname Emery.

    88.2% or 22,795 total occurrences were White.
    5.6% or 1,447 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 664 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 483 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 274 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.6% or 173 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of emery in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of emery in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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