Fer"rule [Formerly verrel, F. virole, fr. L. viriola little bracelet, dim. of viriae, pl., bracelets; prob. akin to viere to twist, weave, and E. withe. The spelling with f is due to confusion with L. ferrum iron.]
A ring or cap of metal put round a cane, tool, handle, or other similar object, to strengthen it, or prevent splitting and wearing.
2. Steam Boilers
A bushing for expanding the end of a flue to fasten it tightly in the tube plate, or for partly filling up its mouth.
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