Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A projection on the end of a piece of wood shaped for insertion into a mortise to make a joint.
  • transitive v. To provide with a tenon.
  • transitive v. To join with a tenon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • v. To make a tenon

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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; especially, such a member when it passes entirely through the thickness of the piece in which the mortise is cut, and shows on the other side. Cf. tooth, tusk.
  • transitive v. To cut or fit for insertion into a mortise, as the end of a piece of timber.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fit for insertion into a mortise, as the end of a piece of timber.
  • To join by or as by a tenon.
  • n. A portion of a block of stone from which a work of sculpture is cut, allowed to remain as a temporary or permanent support.
  • n. The projecting end of a piece of wood or other material fitted for insertion into a corresponding cavity or mortise in another piece, in order to form a secure joint. See cuts under breechpin, dovetail, and mortise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a projection at the end of a piece of wood that is shaped to fit into a mortise and form a mortise joint

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from tenir, to hold, from Latin ten─ôre; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French tenon. (Wiktionary)

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