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tenon

[ten-uh n] /ˈtɛn ən/
noun
1.
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)
2.
to provide with a tenon.
3.
to join by or as by a tenon.
4.
to join securely.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to ten(ir) to hold (< Latin tenēre) + -on noun suffix
Related forms
tenoner, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for tenon

tenon

/ˈtɛnən/
noun
1.
the projecting end of a piece of wood formed to fit into a corresponding mortise in another piece
verb (transitive)
2.
to form a tenon on (a piece of wood)
3.
to join with a tenon and mortise
Derived Forms
tenoner, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from tenir to hold, from Latin tenēre
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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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