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fer·ule

(fĕr′əl)
n.
An instrument, such as a cane, stick, or flat piece of wood, used in punishing children.
tr.v. fer·uled, fer·ul·ing, fer·ules
To punish with a ferule.

[Middle English ferul, giant fennel stalk, rod, cane, from Latin ferula; see fescue.]

ferule

(ˈfɛruːl; -rəl)
n
(Mechanical Engineering) a flat piece of wood, such as a ruler, used in some schools to cane children on the hand
vb
(tr) rare to punish with a ferule
[C16: from Latin ferula giant fennel, whip, rod; the stalk of the plant was used for punishment]

ferule

(ˈfɛruːl; -rəl)
n
a variant spelling of ferrule

fer•ule

(ˈfɛr əl, -ul)

n., v. -uled, -ul•ing. n.
1. Also, fer•u•la (ˈfɛr ʊ lə, ˈfɛr yʊ-) a rod, cane, or flat piece of wood for punishing children.
v.t.
2. to punish with a ferule.
[1375–1425; late Middle English ferula, ferul(e) giant fennel < Latin ferula schoolmaster's rod]

ferule


Past participle: feruled
Gerund: feruling

Imperative
ferule
ferule
Present
I ferule
you ferule
he/she/it ferules
we ferule
you ferule
they ferule
Preterite
I feruled
you feruled
he/she/it feruled
we feruled
you feruled
they feruled
Present Continuous
I am feruling
you are feruling
he/she/it is feruling
we are feruling
you are feruling
they are feruling
Present Perfect
I have feruled
you have feruled
he/she/it has feruled
we have feruled
you have feruled
they have feruled
Past Continuous
I was feruling
you were feruling
he/she/it was feruling
we were feruling
you were feruling
they were feruling
Past Perfect
I had feruled
you had feruled
he/she/it had feruled
we had feruled
you had feruled
they had feruled
Future
I will ferule
you will ferule
he/she/it will ferule
we will ferule
you will ferule
they will ferule
Future Perfect
I will have feruled
you will have feruled
he/she/it will have feruled
we will have feruled
you will have feruled
they will have feruled
Future Continuous
I will be feruling
you will be feruling
he/she/it will be feruling
we will be feruling
you will be feruling
they will be feruling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been feruling
you have been feruling
he/she/it has been feruling
we have been feruling
you have been feruling
they have been feruling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been feruling
you will have been feruling
he/she/it will have been feruling
we will have been feruling
you will have been feruling
they will have been feruling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been feruling
you had been feruling
he/she/it had been feruling
we had been feruling
you had been feruling
they had been feruling
Conditional
I would ferule
you would ferule
he/she/it would ferule
we would ferule
you would ferule
they would ferule
Past Conditional
I would have feruled
you would have feruled
he/she/it would have feruled
we would have feruled
you would have feruled
they would have feruled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ferule - a switch (a stick or cane or flat paddle) used to punish children
switch - a flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment
Translations
References in classic literature ?
We sold the carved sheaths of our krisses--the ivory sheaths with golden ferules.
said the fat boy, plunging into the pie up to the very ferules of the knife and fork.
In his hand he swayed a ferule, that sceptre of despotic power; the birch of justice reposed on three nails behind the throne, a constant terror to evil doers, while on the desk before him might be seen sundry contraband articles and prohibited weapons, detected upon the persons of idle urchins, such as half-munched apples, popguns, whirligigs, fly-cages, and whole legions of rampant little paper game-cocks.
This gentleman is famous for his tail, which he uses for a ferule in thrashing his foes.