- a projection formed on the end of a timber or the like for insertion into a mortise of the same dimensions.
- to provide with a tenon.
- to join by or as by a tenon.
- to join securely.
Origin of tenon
- a combining form meaning “tendon,” used in the formation of compound words: tenotomy.
Origin of teno-
Related Words for tenonharmonize, conform, coincide, jibe, correspond, accord, square, join, tally, unite, interlock, go, agree, match, mortise, sync, tenon
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.Ten Books on Architecture
The rule is that the tenon should be one-half the width of the rail, minus the groove.
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 tenon should be strong enough to share the strain with the shoulders.
- the projecting end of a piece of wood formed to fit into a corresponding mortise in another piece
- to form a tenon on (a piece of wood)
- to join with a tenon and mortise
Word Origin for tenon
before a vowel ten-
Word Origin for teno-
projection inserted to make a joint, c.1400, from Middle French tenon "a tenon," from Old French tenir "to hold" (see tenet).