turnbuckle

noun
turn·​buck·​le | \ ˈtərn-ˌbə-kəl How to pronounce turnbuckle (audio) \

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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While the ref tried to get Anderson out of the ring, Gallows attacked, hanging Ricochet on the top turnbuckle. Aaron Oster, baltimoresun.com, "Brock Lesnar cashes in at ‘Extreme Rules’ to become Universal Champion again," 15 July 2019 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 The cable runs diagonally across the gate with the turnbuckle in the center. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Do Repair Kits for Wood Gates Actually Work?," 22 Apr. 2017 Most consist of two to four corner braces, a turnbuckle, cable, and fittings. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Do Repair Kits for Wood Gates Actually Work?," 22 Apr. 2017 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

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First Known Use of turnbuckle

circa 1877, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of turnbuckle was circa 1877

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