or fer·ule

[fer-uh l, -ool]


verb (used with object), fer·ruled, fer·rul·ing.

to furnish with a ferrule.

Origin of ferrule

1605–15; alteration (apparently conformed to Latin ferrum iron, -ule) of verrel, verril, late Middle English virole < Middle French (cognate with Medieval Latin virola) < Latin viriola, equivalent to viri(a) bracelet + -ola -ole1
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Related Words for ferrule

wedge, bat, cane, bar, wand, club, rod, baton, stalk, strip, slab, shoot, ingot, ruler, rule, cudgel, stake, stave, bludgeon, stem

Examples from the Web for ferrule

Historical Examples of ferrule

  • He advised me to laugh at the ruler, the ferrule, and the rod.

    Percival Keene

    Frederick Marryat

  • This method of tinning the ferrule will spoil the wiping solder.

  • It should be beaten in very slowly until it fits the ferrule.

  • A flat pan is laid on the bench and the ferrule stood upon it.

  • The ferrule will look black when this happens and will thus be recognized.

British Dictionary definitions for ferrule




a metal ring, tube, or cap placed over the end of a stick, handle, or post for added strength or stability or to increase wear
a side opening in a pipe that gives access for inspection or cleaning
a bush, gland, small length of tube, etc, esp one used for making a joint


(tr) to equip (a stick, etc) with a ferrule

Word Origin for ferrule

C17: from Middle English virole, from Old French virol, from Latin viriola a little bracelet, from viria bracelet; influenced by Latin ferrum iron
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Word Origin and History for ferrule

"metal cap on a rod," 1610s, ferule, earlier verrel (early 15c.), from Old French virelle, from Latin viriola "bracelet," diminutive of viriae "bracelets," from a Gaulish word (cf. Old Irish fiar "bent, crooked"); spelling influenced by Latin ferrum "iron."

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