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ferrule

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noun fer·rule \ˈfer-əl, ˈfe-rəl\

Simple Definition of ferrule

  • : a usually metal ring or cap that is placed around the end of a wooden stick or handle to strengthen it

Full Definition of ferrule

  1. 1 :  a ring or cap usually of metal put around a slender shaft (as a cane or a tool handle) to strengthen it or prevent splitting

  2. 2 :  a usually metal sleeve used especially for joining or binding one part to another (as pipe sections or the bristles and handle of a brush)

fer·ruled adjective

Origin of ferrule

alteration of Middle English virole, from Anglo-French, from Latin viriola, diminutive of viria bracelet, of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish fiar oblique


First Known Use: 1611

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