[fer-uh l, -ool] /ˈfɛr əl, -ul/
a ring or cap, usually of metal, put around the end of a post, cane, or the like, to prevent splitting.
a short metal sleeve for strengthening a tool handle at the end holding the tool.
a bushing or adapter holding the end of a tube and inserted into a hole in a plate in order to make a tight fit, used in boilers, condensers, etc.
a short ring for reinforcing or decreasing the interior diameter of the end of a tube.
a short plumbing fitting, covered at its outer end and caulked or otherwise fixed to a branch from a pipe so that it can be removed to give access to the interior of the pipe.
verb (used with object), ferruled, ferruling.
to furnish with a ferrule.
a metal ring, tube, or cap placed over the end of a stick, handle, or post for added strength or stability or to increase wear
a side opening in a pipe that gives access for inspection or cleaning
a bush, gland, small length of tube, etc, esp one used for making a joint
(transitive) to equip (a stick, etc) with a ferrule
“metal cap on a rod,” 1610s, ferule, earlier verrel (early 15c.), from Old French virelle, from Latin viriola “bracelet,” diminutive of viriae “bracelets,” from a Gaulish word (cf. Old Irish fiar “bent, crooked”); spelling influenced by Latin ferrum “iron.”
ferrum fer·rum (fěr’əm) n. Iron.
[fer-ee] /ˈfɛr i/ noun, plural ferries. 1. a commercial service with terminals and boats for transporting persons, automobiles, etc., across a river or other comparatively small body of water. 2. a ferryboat. 3. a service for flying airplanes over a particular route, especially the delivery of airplanes to an overseas purchaser or base of operations. […]
[fer-ee-boht] /ˈfɛr iˌboʊt/ noun 1. a boat used to transport passengers, vehicles, etc., across a river or the like.
noun 1. a stylish bar or tavern conspicuously decorated with ferns and other greenery. noun any eating or drinking establishment decorated with a great number of green plants, esp. ferns