from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A wooden peg that swells when wet and is used to fasten timbers, especially in shipbuilding.
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- n. A wooden peg or pin used as a fastener.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A long wooden pin used in fastening the planks of a vessel to the timbers or to each other.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cylindrical pin of hard wood used for fastening planks or timbers in ships and similar constructions.
- n. In architecture, same as gutta. 1.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a wooden peg that is used to fasten timbers in shipbuilding; water causes the peg to swell and hold the timbers fast
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Tamarac hulls went sound for twenty years, and sometimes forty, especially when hardwood treenails were used -- a treenail being a bolt that did the service of a nail in woodwork or a rivet in steel plating.
The Ship is almost compleated, and ready to come out of Dock, as she was only spiked and treeniled [treenail]; and to take in a load of Salt which is a weighty loading I thought propper to butt boalt her: I have used every Endevour to obtain Freight some way of other, but fruteless.