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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 of tenon
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

teno-

1.
a combining form meaning “tendon,” used in the formation of compound words:
tenotomy.
Also, tenon-.
Origin
combining form representing Greek ténōn
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Examples from the Web for tenon
Historical Examples
  • The sawing-in is done with a broad saw; the so-called "tenon saw" being the one most generally used.

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

  • The tenon ends are cut on the rails, care being taken to get the right angle and a good fit.

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

    Handwork in Wood William Noyes
  • It is put together, generally by mortise, tenon and cotter, but it has four original screws all made by hand with the file.

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

    Handwork in Wood William Noyes
  • Lay out the tenons on the ends of the rails as shown in the sketch and cut with a tenon saw and chisel.

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

    Handwork in Wood William Noyes
  • The projection is called the tenon, and the cavity the mortise.

    Woodwork Joints William Fairham
  • The tenon should be strong enough to share the strain with the shoulders.

    Handwork in Wood William Noyes
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

teno-

combining form
1.
tendon: tenosynovitis
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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tenon in Medicine

teno- or tenon-
pref.
Tendon: tenotomy.

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