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tenon

[ten-uh n]
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noun
  1. a projection formed on the end of a timber or the like for insertion into a mortise of the same dimensions.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to provide with a tenon.
  2. to join by or as by a tenon.
  3. 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
Related formsten·on·er, noun

teno-

  1. a combining form meaning “tendon,” used in the formation of compound words: tenotomy.
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Also tenon-.

Origin of teno-

combining form representing Greek ténōn
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Related Words

harmonize, conform, coincide, jibe, correspond, accord, square, join, tally, unite, interlock, go, agree, match, mortise, sync, tenon

Examples from the Web for tenon

Historical Examples

  • The tenon is one hole in length, and the head of the standard one hole and a half in length.

    Ten Books on Architecture

    Vitruvius

  • A stub mortise-and-tenon is made by cutting only two sides of the tenon beam.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes

  • On the working edge near the end mark the thickness of the tenon.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes

  • It is used to keep a tenon tightly fixed as in wheel spokes.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes

  • The rule is that the tenon should be one-half the width of the rail, minus the groove.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes


British Dictionary definitions for tenon

tenon

noun
  1. the projecting end of a piece of wood formed to fit into a corresponding mortise in another piece
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verb (tr)
  1. to form a tenon on (a piece of wood)
  2. to join with a tenon and mortise
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Derived Formstenoner, noun

Word Origin

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

teno-

before a vowel ten-

combining form
  1. tendontenosynovitis
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Word Origin

from Greek tenōn
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Word Origin and History for tenon

n.

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

tenon in Medicine

teno-

pref.
  1. Tendon:tenotomy.
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