One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A ring or cap, typically a metal one, which strengthens the end of a handle, stick, or tube and prevents it from splitting or wearing.
lid, top, stopper, cork, bung, spileView synonyms
- ‘Against the geometric shapes of globe and pole, and within the rectangular surface of the arras itself, appears the point, which turns out to be the ferrule of a rod, which turns out to be a fan, which opens into the tail of the bird.’
- ‘It is also the last of a line of pencils featuring a distinctive rectangular ferrule with a unique, replaceable eraser.’
- ‘There are cue makers, and other experts in cue stick behavior, that have very strong opinions about the pros and cons of various cue stick shafts, ferrules and tips.’
- ‘The tips, called ferrules, of lower quality poles will wear off, but a good cross country ski or outdoor shop will have replacement tips in stock or can order them.’
- ‘A ferrule should be attached to the end of the cue, which the tip attaches to.’
- ‘Plungers push glue-filled ferrules onto pencil ends, and others fill them with plugs.’
- 1.1 A metal band strengthening or forming a joint.
- ‘The ferrule joint includes a ferrule and an element telescopically insertable into the ferrule to frictionally interlock two rod sections.’
- ‘The other end of the ferrule is connected to the supply pipe to the property.’
Early 17th century: alteration (probably by association with Latin ferrum ‘iron’) of obsolete verrel, from Old French virelle, from Latin viriola, diminutive of viriae ‘bracelets’.
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