verb (used with object), fer·uled, fer·ul·ing.
- ferulic acid,
Origin of ferule1
noun, verb (used with object), fer·uled, fer·ul·ing.
- 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.
verb (used with object), fer·ruled, fer·rul·ing.
Origin of ferrule
Examples from the Web for ferule
He distributed whacks of his ferule with an agility no one could have expected on the part of so corpulent a person.The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard|Anatole France
And with an air of decision he struck the time-old pavement with the ferule of his green umbrella.The Man With the Black Feather|Gaston Leroux
His rod and his ferule were seldom idle now—at least among the smaller pupils.The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
And from the rod or ferule I would have them free, as from the menace of them; for it is both deformed and servile.Discoveries Made Upon Men and Matter|Ben Jonson
I suppose I must have been in the writing master's class, but though I can call to mind the man, I cannot call to mind his ferule.An Autobiography|Anthony Trollope
Word Origin for ferule
Word Origin for ferrule
"rod for punishing children," 1590s, earlier "giant fennel" (early 15c.), from Middle English ferula "fennel plant" (late 14c.), from Latin ferula "reed, whip, rod, ferule, staff; fennel plant or rod," probably related to festuca "stalk, straw, rod."
"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."