Tenon definition

tĕnən
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A projecting part cut on the end of a piece of wood, etc. for insertion into a corresponding hole (mortise) in another piece in order to form a joint.
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To join with a tenon.
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A projecting member left by cutting away the wood around it, and made to insert into a mortise, and in this way secure together the parts of a frame.
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A projection on the end of a piece of wood shaped for insertion into a mortise to make a joint.
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To connect by means of a tenon and mortise.
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To make a tenon.

First we'll tenon this part, then we'll make a mortise that will fit it on that part.

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To provide with a tenon.
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To make a tenon (on)
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tenon
Plural:
tenons

Origin of tenon

  • Middle English from Old French from tenir to hold from Latin tenēre ten- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French tenon.

    From Wiktionary