turnbuckle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n turnbuckle an oblong metal coupling with a swivel at one end and an internal thread at the other into which a threaded rod can be screwed in order to form a unit that can be adjusted for length or tension
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Turnbuckle a form of coupling so arranged as to regulate the length or tension of the connected parts
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tyrnan; Ger. turnen; Fr. tourner; all from L. tornāre, to turn in a lathe—tornus, a turner's wheel—Gr. tornos.

Usage

In literature:

When the correct adjustment has been secured, the turnbuckle must be locked to prevent it from unscrewing.
"The Aeroplane Speaks" by H. Barber
A flexible twisted seven-strand wire cable and Stebbins-Geynet turnbuckles are used for trussing.
"Flying Machines" by W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
Turnbuckles were the thing, but I knew that they were rather expensive.
"The Scientific American Boy" by A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
The rods which screwed into the turnbuckles were removed before the form was moved.
"Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers, vol. LXVIII, Sept. 1910" by B.F. Cresson, Jr
When the correct adjustment has been secured, the turnbuckle must be locked to prevent it from unscrewing.
"The Aeroplane Speaks" by H. Barber
Two large turnbuckle eye-bolts give still greater rigidity at the bottom.
"Respiration Calorimeters for Studying the Respiratory Exchange and Energy Transformations of Man" by Francis Gano Benedict
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In news:

Torklift Truck Camper Tie-Down s With Fastgun Turnbuckles.
If your screen door is sagging and won't close properly anymore, installing a screen door turnbuckle may be the solution to your woes.
Screen door turnbuckles typically come in two sizes: 42-1/2 inches long for doors that are less than 36 inches wide, and 50 inches for doors that are 36 inches wide or larger.
Now you can, with RPM's new turnbuckle-equipped arms.
Inexpensive adjustable turnbuckles provide Radius Memory for consistent striping of arcs and circles even on rough surfaces like sports fields.
It works on 17, 23, 5, and 3mm nuts and on 4, 5, 5.5, 7, 8, and 10mm turnbuckles.
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In science:

From the BUS overlay drawing (Figure 9) it appears that there is a print-through of the connections of the BUS with the Invar cone (the turnbuckles).
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
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