turnbuckle
noun Date: circa 1877 a device that usually consists of a link with screw threads at both ends, that is turned to bring the ends closer together, and that is used for tightening a rod or stay

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  • turnbuckle — 1703, catch or fastening for windows and shutters, from TURN (Cf. turn) + BUCKLE (Cf. buckle). Meaning coupling with internal screw threads for connecting metal rods is attested from 1877 …   Etymology dictionary

  • turnbuckle — [tʉrn′buk΄əl] n. a metal sleeve with opposite internal threads at each end for the threaded ends of two rods or for ringbolts, forming a coupling that can be turned to tighten or loosen the rods or wires attached to the ringbolts …   English World dictionary

  • turnbuckle — A device which allows the linkage to be lengthened or shortened. A threaded hole is found on each end of the turnbuckle. The linkage which attaches to the turnbuckle can be screwed in or out on each end to create the necessary length. Usually a… …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • Turnbuckle — A turnbuckle is a device for adjusting the tension or length of ropes, cables and tie rods. It normally consists of two threaded eyelets, one screwed into each end of a small metal loop, one with a left hand thread and the other with a right hand …   Wikipedia

  • turnbuckle — /terrn buk euhl/, n. a link or sleeve with a swivel at one end and an internal screw thread at the other, or with an internal screw thread at each end, used as a means of uniting or coupling, and of tightening, two parts, as the ends of two rods …   Universalium

  • turnbuckle — noun a) A coupling device consisting of two eyelets or other connection points connected in screw threads. The joint in between can be turned to shorten or lengthen the device with mechanical advantage provided by the screw threads. b) A link… …   Wiktionary

  • turnbuckle — n. coupling used to tighten rods or cables by a screwing mechanism (with two screws or with a screw and a swivel) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • turnbuckle — noun a coupling with internal screw threads used to connect two rods, lengths of boat s rigging, etc. lengthwise or to regulate their length or tension …   English new terms dictionary

  • turnbuckle — turn•buck•le [[t]ˈtɜrnˌbʌk əl[/t]] n. mac a rotating link or sleeve with internal screw threads at each end, used to tighten or connect the ends of a rod or cable • Etymology: 1695–1705 …   From formal English to slang

  • turnbuckle — /ˈtɜnbʌkəl/ (say ternbukuhl) noun a link or sleeve with a swivel at one end and an internal screw thread at the other, or with an internal screw thread at each end, used as a means of uniting or coupling, and of tightening, two parts, as the ends …   Australian English dictionary

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