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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)

  1. 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
  2. A bushing for securing a pipe joint.
  3. A metal sleeve placed inside a gutter at the top.
  4. In billiards, the plastic band attaching the tip to the cue.
  5. In painting, the pinched metal band which holds the bristles of a brush to the shaft.
  6. On an ice axe, the metal spike at the end of the shaft.


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