tenon definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
a projecting part cut on the end of a piece of wood, etc. for insertion into a corresponding hole (mortise) in another piece to make a joint
Origin: Middle English ; from Middle French ; from tenir, to hold: see tenant
transitive verb, intransitive verb
- to make a tenon (on)
- to joint by mortise and tenon
tenon definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A projection on the end of a piece of wood shaped for insertion into a mortise to make a joint.transitive verb ten·oned, ten·on·ing, ten·ons
- To provide with a tenon.
- To join with a tenon.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from tenir, to hold, from Latin tenēre; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
Variant of teno-.