- a projection formed on the end of a timber or the like for insertion into a mortise of the same dimensions.
- to provide with a tenon.
- to join by or as by a tenon.
- to join securely.
Origin of tenon
1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to ten(ir) to hold (< Latin tenēre) + -on noun suffix
- a combining form meaning “tendon,” used in the formation of compound words: tenotomy.
Origin of teno-
combining form representing Greek ténōn
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Examples from the Web for tenon
The tenon is one hole in length, and the head of the standard one hole and a half in length.Ten Books on Architecture
On the working edge near the end mark the thickness of the tenon.
It is used to keep a tenon tightly fixed as in wheel spokes.
The tenon should be strong enough to share the strain with the shoulders.
The rule is that the tenon should be one-half the width of the rail, minus the groove.
- the projecting end of a piece of wood formed to fit into a corresponding mortise in another piece
- to form a tenon on (a piece of wood)
- to join with a tenon and mortise
C15: from Old French, from tenir to hold, from Latin tenēre
before a vowel ten-
from Greek tenōn
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Word Origin and History for tenon
projection inserted to make a joint, c.1400, from Middle French tenon "a tenon," from Old French tenir "to hold" (see tenet).
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