/tree"nayl', tren"l, trun"l/, n.
a wooden pin that swells when moist, used for fastening together timbers, as those of ships.
[1250-1300; ME trenayl. See TREE, NAIL]

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  • Treenail — Tree nail , n. [Tree + nail.] (Shipbuilding) A long wooden pin used in fastening the planks of a vessel to the timbers or to each other. [Written also {trenail}, and {trunnel}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • treenail — [trē′nāl΄; ] also [ tren′əl, trun′əl] n. [ME trenayle < tre, TREE (in early sense “wood”) + nayle, NAIL] a very dry wooden peg used to join timbers, esp. in building wooden ships: it swells from moisture and ensures a tight joint …   English World dictionary

  • Treenail — A treenail, trenail, or trunnel is a wood peg, or dowel used to fasten pieces of wood together, especially in timber frame construction and wooden shipbuilding. It is an ancient technology. Covered bridges in the U.S. often use treenails as… …   Wikipedia

  • treenail — or trunnel; also trenail noun Date: 13th century a wooden peg made usually of dry compressed timber so as to swell in its hole when moistened …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • treenail — noun A wooden peg or pin used as a fastener …   Wiktionary

  • treenail — long wooden pin used to fix planks of ship to the timbers Nautical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • treenail — (also trenail or US trunnel) noun a hard wooden pin used for fastening timbers together …   English new terms dictionary

  • treenail — n. Trunnel …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • treenail — tree·nail …   English syllables

  • treenail — tree•nail or trenail [[t]ˈtriˌneɪl, ˈtrɛn l, ˈtrʌn l[/t]] n. bui a wooden pin that swells when moist, used for fastening timbers • Etymology: 1250–1300 …   From formal English to slang

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