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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To fit for insertion into a mortise, as the end of a piece of timber.
  • To join by or as by a tenon.
  • noun A portion of a block of stone from which a work of sculpture is cut, allowed to remain as a temporary or permanent support.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Carp. & Join.) 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.
  • noun a saw with a thin blade, usually stiffened by a brass or steel back, for cutting tenons.
  • transitive verb To cut or fit for insertion into a mortise, as the end of a piece of timber.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.
  • verb To make a tenon

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French, from tenir, to hold, from Latin tenēre; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French tenon.

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