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
A tusk tenon or shoulder tenon_, Fig. 267, is one in which the tenon proper is quite thin but is reinforced by a thicker shoulder called a "tusk."
The projection is called the tenon, and the cavity the mortise.
A hole is bored lengthwise through the head to admit the tenon, which is fastened by a pin of hard wood, three-tenths of an inch in diameter, passing transversely through the head and tenon.
The mortise is the cavity hollowed to fit the tenon, which is the end of the interlocking beam, shaped to fit smoothly into the mortise.
a tenon, which is fitted into a mortise that is dug through some growing tree, or other, of those which generally abound convenient to the tobacco house, something more than five feet above the platform.
"cheeks" and the "shoulders" of the tenon are the parts abutting against the mortised piece.
Browning claims eternity as the due of every man, however mean; and if Whitman feels his foothold 'tenon'd and mortised in granite', it is because he can 'laugh at dissolution' and knows 'the amplitude of time'.
In the latter case the back strip may have a short barefaced blind tenon which is mortised into the upright, Fig. 278.
Mark each mortise directly from the tenon which is to fit into it, taking care to have all the rails an equal distance from the floor.
Lay out the mortises in the legs, taking the measurements directly from the tenon which is to fit that mortise.