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tenon

[ ten-uhn ]
/ ˈtɛn ən /
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noun

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.

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Origin of tenon

1400–50; late Middle English <Middle French, equivalent to ten(ir) to hold (<Latin tenēre) + -on noun suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM tenon

ten·on·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for tenon

tenon
/ (ˈtɛnən) /

noun

the projecting end of a piece of wood formed to fit into a corresponding mortise in another piece

verb (tr)

to form a tenon on (a piece of wood)
to join with a tenon and mortise

Derived forms of tenon

tenoner, noun

Word Origin for tenon

C15: from Old French, from tenir to hold, from Latin tenēre
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