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tenon

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noun ten·on \ˈte-nən\

Definition of tenon

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

Origin and Etymology of tenon

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


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tenon

verb ten·on

Definition of tenon

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to unite by a tenon

  3. 2 :  to cut or fit for insertion in a mortise

First Known Use of tenon

1596


TENON Defined for English Language Learners

tenon

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Definition of tenon for English Language Learners

  • : 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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