ferrule

or fer·ule

[ fer-uh l, -ool ]
/ ˈfɛr əl, -ul /

noun

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

to furnish with a ferrule.

Nearby words

  1. ferrovanadium,
  2. ferrozirconium,
  3. ferrugination,
  4. ferruginous,
  5. ferruginous duck,
  6. ferrum,
  7. ferry,
  8. ferry bridge,
  9. ferryboat,
  10. ferryman

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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British Dictionary definitions for ferrule

ferrule

ferule

/ (ˈfɛruːl, -rəl) /

noun

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

verb

(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

ferrule

n.

"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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