fer·​rule | \ ˈfer-əl How to pronounce ferrule (audio) , ˈfe-rəl \

Definition of ferrule

1 : a ring or cap usually of metal put around a slender shaft (such as a cane or a tool handle) to strengthen it or prevent splitting
2 : a usually metal sleeve used especially for joining or binding one part to another (such as pipe sections or the bristles and handle of a brush)

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Other Words from ferrule

ferruled \ ˈfer-​əld How to pronounce ferrule (audio) , ˈfe-​rəld \ adjective

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Ferrule is a word for a simple metal band or cap of great versatility. The ferrule is ubiquitous. It is the cap at the end of a cane or crutch, a chair or table leg; it is the point or knob at the hub of an umbrella; it fits together tubes and pipes and binds paintbrush handles to bristles and pencils to erasers. In Middle English this universal thingamajig was called a verrel. That word commonly referred to the strengthening bands or rings of iron used to prevent the splitting or wear of the wooden shafts of implements. The name evolved from Middle French virelle and Old French virol and ultimately from Latin viriola, meaning "small bracelet." The "f" spelling of today's ferrule was influenced by ferrum, the Latin word for "iron."

Examples of ferrule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to a brush and bowl set, Tatcha now also sells an exquisite powder brush, made with kiri wood and a 24 K gold ferrule. New York Times, 3 June 2021 Created in the 1930s by Eberhard Faber, this writing instrument, characterized by its unique ferrule design and rectangular eraser, is famous for its smooth-as-silk graphite. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 28 Apr. 2021 This rear-deploying titanium head is unique in that the blades, once opened, lock together and pivot with the ferrule, theoretically steering around heavy bone and aiding penetration. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, 5 June 2020 The crossbow version has a machined stainless steel ferrule, while the slip cam model is made of machined aluminum. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, 15 Jan. 2019 The ferrule is machined from grade-5 titanium with a precision-ground tip. Jace Bauserman, Field & Stream, 9 Jan. 2020 If the cotton wisp turns out to be too thin to match the color variations on your tile, try using a thin artist brush with the bristles cut off close to the ferrule. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of ferrule

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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“Ferrule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ferrule. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ferrule

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


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