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trenail

[tree-neyl, tren-l, truhn-l]
noun
  1. treenail.
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treenail

or tre·nail, trun·nel

[tree-neyl, tren-l, truhn-l]
noun
  1. a wooden pin that swells when moist, used for fastening together timbers, as those of ships.
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Origin of treenail

First recorded in 1250–1300, treenail is from the Middle English word trenayl. See tree, nail
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Examples from the Web for trenail

Historical Examples

  • After much correspondence with London and other ports, a considerable quantity was procured from trenail merchants of Wapping.

    An Account of the Bell Rock Light-House

    Robert Stevenson


British Dictionary definitions for trenail

trenail

noun
  1. a variant spelling of treenail
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treenail

trenail trunnel (ˈtrʌnəl)

noun
  1. a dowel used for pinning planks or timbers together
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