American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of treenail.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. alternative spelling of treenail.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. rare A trundle.
- n. (Shipbuilding) See treenail.
- n. a wooden peg that is used to fasten timbers in shipbuilding; water causes the peg to swell and hold the timbers fast
“The "trunnel" at Circle and Constitution is no different.”
“Either a pegged tenon or a trunnel a peg at least one and one-half inches in diameter should position the rafter securely.”
“I slept in a little trunnel bed under my mother's mistress 'bed.”
“But 'Liza was not inclined to leave the entertainment of gentlemen to "gals," whom she declared to be, for the most part, "wu'fless trunnel-baid trash.”
“Into each of these we graved a piece of plank, and in one of them we drove a trunnel where none had been before.”
A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 09 Arranged in Systematic Order: Forming a Complete History of the Origin and Progress of Navigation, Discovery, and Commerce, by Sea and Land, from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time
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