tenoning

tenon

[ten-uhn]
noun
1.
a projection formed on the end of a timber or the like for insertion into a mortise of the same dimensions. See illus. under mortise.
verb (used with object)
2.
to provide with a tenon.
3.
to join by or as by a tenon.
4.
to join securely.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to ten(ir) to hold (< Latin tenēre) + -on noun suffix

tenoner, noun
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tenon (ˈtɛnən)
 
n
1.  the projecting end of a piece of wood formed to fit into a corresponding mortise in another piece
 
vb
2.  to form a tenon on (a piece of wood)
3.  to join with a tenon and mortise
 
[C15: from Old French, from tenir to hold, from Latin tenēre]
 
'tenoner
 
n

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tenon
projection inserted to make a joint, c.1400, from M.Fr. tenon "a tenon," from O.Fr. tenir "to hold."
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