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ferule1

[fer-uh l, -ool] /ˈfɛr əl, -ul/
noun
1.
Also, ferula. a rod, cane, or flat piece of wood for punishing children, especially by striking them on the hand.
verb (used with object), feruled, feruling.
2.
to punish with a ferule.
Origin of ferule1
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English ferula, ferul(e) giant fennel < Latin ferula schoolmaster's rod (literally, stalk of giant fennel); replacing Old English ferele < Latin

ferule2

[fer-uh l, -ool] /ˈfɛr əl, -ul/
noun, verb (used with object), feruled, feruling.
1.

ferrule

or ferule

[fer-uh l, -ool] /ˈfɛr əl, -ul/
noun
1.
a ring or cap, usually of metal, put around the end of a post, cane, or the like, to prevent splitting.
2.
a short metal sleeve for strengthening a tool handle at the end holding the tool.
3.
a bushing or adapter holding the end of a tube and inserted into a hole in a plate in order to make a tight fit, used in boilers, condensers, etc.
4.
a short ring for reinforcing or decreasing the interior diameter of the end of a tube.
5.
a short plumbing fitting, covered at its outer end and caulked or otherwise fixed to a branch from a pipe so that it can be removed to give access to the interior of the pipe.
6.
Angling.
  1. either of two fittings on the end of a section of a sectional fishing rod, one fitting serving as a plug and the other as a socket for fastening the sections together.
  2. one of two or more small rings spaced along the top of a casting rod to hold and guide the line.
verb (used with object), ferruled, ferruling.
7.
to furnish with a ferrule.
Origin
1605-15; alteration (apparently conformed to Latin ferrum iron, -ule) of verrel, verril, late Middle English virole < Middle French (cognate with Medieval Latin virola) < Latin viriola, equivalent to viri(a) bracelet + -ola -ole1
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Examples from the Web for ferule
Historical Examples
  • This can be easily accomplished by plugging the handle end of the ferule with a piece of soft wood or with clay.

  • No; it was the thought of the master, that dreadful man with the ferule and the birch sticks.

    Little Grandmother Sophie May
  • He waited an instant, in order to give due solemnity to the occasion, then down came the ferule on the desk with a grand crash.

    The Gold Brick Ann S. Stephens
  • The man with the umbrella drew with the ferule of it a line on the ground.

    The Monster Edgar Saltus
  • If he should curve his elbow in the least, it would get a rap from the master's ferule.

    Little Grandmother Sophie May
  • As she ran she caught her thick parasol by the ferule and swung it aloft.

    Lad: A Dog Albert Payson Terhune
  • But it was not as a knight of the ferule that you won this mark of distinction?

    Faithful Margaret Annie Ashmore
  • Two or three of you, I fear, are doomed to feel the master's ferule.

    Grandfather's Chair Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Really, Master Burr, you need a ferule, or birch to enforce your lectures on polite behavior!

  • He beat the rock at his feet with the ferule of his stick, and could not lift his head again.

    A Modern Instance William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for ferule

ferule1

/ˈfɛruːl; -rəl/
noun
1.
a flat piece of wood, such as a ruler, used in some schools to cane children on the hand
verb
2.
(transitive) (rare) to punish with a ferule
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ferula giant fennel, whip, rod; the stalk of the plant was used for punishment

ferule2

/ˈfɛruːl; -rəl/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of ferrule

ferrule

/ˈfɛruːl; -rəl/
noun
1.
a metal ring, tube, or cap placed over the end of a stick, handle, or post for added strength or stability or to increase wear
2.
a side opening in a pipe that gives access for inspection or cleaning
3.
a bush, gland, small length of tube, etc, esp one used for making a joint
verb
4.
(transitive) to equip (a stick, etc) with a ferrule
Word Origin
C17: from Middle English virole, from Old French virol, from Latin viriola a little bracelet, from viria bracelet; influenced by Latin ferrum iron
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Word Origin and History for ferule
n.

"rod for punishing children," 1590s, earlier "giant fennel" (early 15c.), from Middle English ferula "fennel plant" (late 14c.), from Latin ferula "reed, whip, rod, ferule, staff; fennel plant or rod," probably related to festuca "stalk, straw, rod."

ferrule

n.

"metal cap on a rod," 1610s, ferule, earlier verrel (early 15c.), from Old French virelle, from Latin viriola "bracelet," diminutive of viriae "bracelets," from a Gaulish word (cf. Old Irish fiar "bent, crooked"); spelling influenced by Latin ferrum "iron."

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