trenail


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tre·nail

 (trē′nāl′, trĕn′əl, trŭn′əl)
n.
Variant of treenail.

trenail

(ˈtriːneɪl; ˈtrɛnəl)
n
(Building) a variant spelling of treenail

tree•nail

or tre•nail

(ˈtriˌneɪl, ˈtrɛn l, ˈtrʌn l)

n.
a wooden pin that swells when moist, used for fastening timbers.
[1250–1300]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trenail - a wooden peg that is used to fasten timbers in shipbuildingtrenail - a wooden peg that is used to fasten timbers in shipbuilding; water causes the peg to swell and hold the timbers fast
nog, peg - a wooden pin pushed or driven into a surface
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A trenail consists of a wooden rod just under 5 cm diameter and about 40 cm longer than the thickness of the block to be fixed.
Trenails, joggles and wedges were employed to anchor the blocks down to the rock or the stone course below.
Cheviller and cloer (7) are correctly identified as the two principal means of fastening together the planks of the hull, the ship's timbers to the hull, etc: 1) by means of wooden plugs, usually called trenails (tree-nails), which were inserted from the outside of the overlapping hull planks and then split on the inside end and fitted with a wooden wedge, often of willow, which would expand on exposure to water, all for the tightest fit; and 2) by iron nails, also driven in from the outside, then through a square iron rove over which the point of the nail was tipped.