tenon

noun
ten·on | \ˈte-nən \

Definition of tenon 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a projecting member in a piece of wood or other material for insertion into a mortise to make a joint — see dovetail illustration

tenon

verb
tenoned; tenoning; tenons

Definition of tenon (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to unite by a tenon

2 : to cut or fit for insertion in a mortise

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The structure was built using mortise and tenon, with pegs for extra strength-- a technique lost in the following century. Adele Foster, NOLA.com, "Mandeville Bible Church, established in 1876, breathes history on Carroll Street," 16 July 2017

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First Known Use of tenon

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tenon

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from tenir to hold — more at tenable

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tenon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tenon

: an end of a piece of wood that is cut into a special shape to fit into a hole (called a mortise) in another piece of wood and form a strong joint

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