a projection formed on the end of a timber or the like for insertion into a mortise of the same dimensions.
verb (used with object)
to provide with a tenon.
to join by or as by a tenon.
to join securely.
Origin of tenon
1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to ten(ir) to hold (< Latin tenēre) + -on noun suffixRelated formsten·on·er, noun
a combining form meaning “tendon,” used in the formation of compound words: tenotomy.
Origin of teno-
combining form representing Greek ténōn
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Related Words for tenonharmonize
Examples from the Web for tenon
Historical Examples of tenon
The tenon is one hole in length, and the head of the standard one hole and a half in length.
A stub mortise-and-tenon is made by cutting only two sides of the tenon beam.
On the working edge near the end mark the thickness of the tenon.
It is used to keep a tenon tightly fixed as in wheel spokes.
The rule is that the tenon should be one-half the width of the rail, minus the groove.
British Dictionary definitions for tenon
the projecting end of a piece of wood formed to fit into a corresponding mortise in another piece
Derived Formstenoner, noun
to form a tenon on (a piece of wood)
to join with a tenon and mortise
Word Origin for tenon
C15: from Old French, from tenir to hold, from Latin tenēre
Word Origin for teno-
from Greek tenōn
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Word Origin and History for tenon
projection inserted to make a joint, c.1400, from Middle French tenon "a tenon," from Old French tenir "to hold" (see tenet).
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