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treenail

or tre·nail, trun·nel

[tree-neyl, tren-l, truhn-l]
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noun
  1. a wooden pin that swells when moist, used for fastening together timbers, as those of ships.
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Origin of treenail

First recorded in 1250–1300, treenail is from the Middle English word trenayl. See tree, nail
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Examples from the Web for treenail

Historical Examples

  • "Thank God, they have retreated after all," said Mr Treenail.

    Tom Cringle's Log

    Michael Scott

  • Treenail was coolness itself, and I aped him as well as I could.

    Tom Cringle's Log

    Michael Scott

  • "The ship has sent up these rockets to warn us of our danger," said Mr Treenail.

    Tom Cringle's Log

    Michael Scott

  • True enough, Treenail; so the sooner we make a dash through the opening the better.

    Tom Cringle's Log

    Michael Scott

  • "My lads, we are now sure of your game," sung out Treenail, with great animation.

    Tom Cringle's Log

    Michael Scott


British Dictionary definitions for treenail

treenail

trenail trunnel (ˈtrʌnəl)

noun
  1. a dowel used for pinning planks or timbers together
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