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From Middle English tenoun, tenown, tenon, from Anglo-Norman tenoun, from Old French tenon.

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tenon (plural tenons)

  1. 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.
    • 1918, Herman Frederick Rusch, Shop Work, Joinery-cabinet-making-carpentry, Chicago, Illinois, United States: University of Chicago Press, page 56:
      A keyed mortise-and-tenon joint is constructed the same as a doweled mortise and tenon joint except that the tenon projects far enough through the mortise to admit the insertion of a tapering key which draws the mortised piece firmly against the shoulder of the tenon.
    • 1944 November and December, A Former Pupil, “Some Memories of Crewe Works—II”, in Railway Magazine, page 341:
      One soon learned, however, that it was no easy thing to make wood do exactly as one required it. It looked quite easy in the masterly hands of the experienced pattern-maker, but the mysteries of dowelling and mortice and tenon were not uncovered in a week or two.
    • 2016 September 6, A Little Book of Woodworking Joints - Including Dovetailing, Mortise-and-Tenon and Mitred Joints, 2nd edition (paperback), Read Books Limited, →ISBN:
      If there is much gauging for the same size mortise and tenon to be done, and if a mortise gauge is not handy, a simple improvised gauge for the purpose can easily be made with two pieces of wood and four or five steel sprigs…

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tenon (third-person singular simple present tenons, present participle tenoning, simple past and past participle tenoned)

  1. (transitive) To make into a tenon.
    First we'll tenon this part, then we'll make a mortise that will fit it on that part.
  2. (transitive) To fit with tenons.

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From ten(ir) +‎ -on.

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  • IPA(key): /tə.nɔ̃/
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tenon m (plural tenons)

  1. tenon

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Latin edit

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Borrowed from Ancient Greek τένων (ténōn). Doublet of tendō, a later borrowing.

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tenōn m (genitive tenontis); third declension

  1. (anatomy) A tendon, nerve

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Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative tenōn tenontēs
Genitive tenontis tenontum
Dative tenontī tenontibus
Accusative tenontem tenontēs
Ablative tenonte tenontibus
Vocative tenōn tenontēs

References edit

  • tenon in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.

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Etymology 1 edit

Borrowed from Middle French tenon.

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  1. Alternative form of tenoun

Etymology 2 edit

Borrowed from Latin tenōn.

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  1. Alternative form of thenoun