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[turn-buhk-uh l] /ˈtɜrnˌbʌk əl/
a link or sleeve with a swivel at one end and an internal screw thread at the other, or with an internal screw thread at each end, used as a means of uniting or coupling, and of tightening, two parts, as the ends of two rods.
Origin of turnbuckle
1695-1705; turn + buckle Unabridged
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an open mechanical sleeve usually having a swivel at one end and a thread at the other to enable a threaded wire or rope to be tightened
Word Origin
C19: from turn + buckle
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Word Origin and History for turnbuckle

1703, "catch or fastening for windows and shutters," from turn + buckle (n.). Meaning "coupling with internal screw threads for connecting metal rods" is attested from 1877.

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