- a ring or cap, usually of metal, put around the end of a post, cane, or the like, to prevent splitting.
- a short metal sleeve for strengthening a tool handle at the end holding the tool.
- a bushing or adapter holding the end of a tube and inserted into a hole in a plate in order to make a tight fit, used in boilers, condensers, etc.
- a short ring for reinforcing or decreasing the interior diameter of the end of a tube.
- a short plumbing fitting, covered at its outer end and caulked or otherwise fixed to a branch from a pipe so that it can be removed to give access to the interior of the pipe.
- either of two fittings on the end of a section of a sectional fishing rod, one fitting serving as a plug and the other as a socket for fastening the sections together.
- one of two or more small rings spaced along the top of a casting rod to hold and guide the line.
- to furnish with a ferrule.
Origin of ferrule
Related Words for ferrulewedge, 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
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.
- 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
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."