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
- 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.
- To fit for insertion into a mortise, as the end of a piece of timber.
- To join by or as by a tenon.
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
Middle English, from Old French, from tenir, to hold, from Latin tenēre; see ten- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French tenon. (Wiktionary)