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Definition of "tenon" [ten•on]

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tenon" in a sentence
  • "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."