turn·​buck·​le | \ˈtərn-ˌbə-kəl \

Definition of turnbuckle 

: a device that usually consists of a link with screw threads at both ends, that is turned to bring the ends closer together, and that is used for tightening a rod or stay

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The turnbuckle keeps the wires taut, allows me to hang the feeders, and, if far enough from the tree and the eaves, keeps the raccoons and squirrels from getting to the feeders — at least so far. Cathy M. Rosenthal, San Antonio Express-News, "Readers share how they accommodate wildlife," 13 Apr. 2018 People who want to feed the birds but discourage other creatures from the feeders may find your turnbuckle idea worth a try. Cathy M. Rosenthal, San Antonio Express-News, "Readers share how they accommodate wildlife," 13 Apr. 2018 The first floor features a hidden shower, amazing vaulted ceiling with turnbuckle trusses, and the first of two wine rooms. Shannon Rooney, Philly.com, "Dreaming of your own wine cellar? Check out these suburban Philadelphia homes," 26 Feb. 2018 But that sum would only cover the initial phase of restoration, which will involve fixing the roof gable and awning, and tightening the frame of the building with earthquake straps and turnbuckles. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Harriet Tubman’s Canadian Church Is Struggling to Survive," 4 Nov. 2017 With Big E down, The Usos hit the double splashes from the top turnbuckle for the victory. Josh Barnett, USA TODAY, "WWE SummerSlam: 5 titles change hands, but Brock Lesnar retains WWE Universal championship," 20 Aug. 2017 Natalya then flung Charlotte neck-first into the turnbuckle, and pinned her for the win. Aaron Oster, baltimoresun.com, "The Great Khali returns at WWE Battleground," 24 July 2017 Tightening the turnbuckle tensions the cable, lifting the low corner of the gate. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Do Repair Kits for Wood Gates Actually Work?," 22 Apr. 2017 With his face an angry cherry pie, Vargas stood on the turnbuckle and waved goodbye. Mark Whicker, Orange County Register, "Whicker: Unheralded Miguel Berchelt triumphs, adds more punch to super featherweight division," 28 Jan. 2017

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circa 1877, in the meaning defined above

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