From earlier verrel, altered under the influence of Latin ferrum (“iron”), from Old French virole (“ferrule”), from Latin viriola (“little bracelet”), diminutive of viriæ (“bracelets”), from Gaulish, from Proto-Celtic *wēros (“crooked”) (compare Middle Irish fiar (“bent, crooked”), Welsh gŵyr, Breton gwar (“curved”)), from Proto-Indo-European *weyh₁ros (“turned, twisted, threaded”), from Proto-Indo-European *weyh₁- (“to turn, twist, weave”).
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ferrule (plural ferrules)
- A metal band or cap placed around a shaft to reinforce it or to prevent splitting.
- 1986. “Lucas withdrew the cane. Its polished ferrule flashed in the lantern glare”. Count Zero. William Gibson
- A bushing for securing a pipe joint.
- A metal sleeve placed inside a gutter at the top.
- In billiards, the plastic band attaching the tip to the cue.
- In painting, the pinched metal band which holds the bristles of a brush to the shaft.
- On an ice axe, the metal spike at the end of the shaft.
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