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PEG, n. [This is probably from the root of L.pango, pactus; Gr. denoting that which fastens, or allied to beak and picket.]

1. A small pointed piece of wood used in fastening boards or other work of wood, &c. It does the office of a nail. The word is applied only to small pieces of wood pointed; to the larger pieces thus pointed we give the name of pins, and pins in ship carpentry are called tree-nails or trenails. Coxe, in his travels in Russia, speaks of poles or beams fastened into the ground with pegs.

2. The pins of an instrument on which the strings are strained.

3. A nickname for Margaret.

To take a peg lower, to depress; to lower.

PEG, v.t. To fasten with pegs.




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PEG, n. [This is probably from the root of L.pango, pactus; Gr. denoting that which fastens, or allied to beak and picket.]

1. A small pointed piece of wood used in fastening boards or other work of wood, &c. It does the office of a nail. The word is applied only to small pieces of wood pointed; to the larger pieces thus pointed we give the name of pins, and pins in ship carpentry are called tree-nails or trenails. Coxe, in his travels in Russia, speaks of poles or beams fastened into the ground with pegs.

2. The pins of an instrument on which the strings are strained.

3. A nickname for Margaret.

To take a peg lower, to depress; to lower.

PEG, v.t. To fasten with pegs.


PEG, n. [This is probably from the root of L. pango, pactus, Gr. πηγνυμι; denoting that which fastens, or allied to beak and picket.]

  1. A small pointed piece of wood used in fastening boards or other work of wood, &c. It does the office of a nail. The word is applied only to small pieces of wood pointed; to the larger pieces thus pointed we give the name of pins, and pins in ship carpentry are called tree-nails or trenails. Coxe, in his Travels in Russia, speaks of poles or beams fastened into the ground with pegs.
  2. The pins of an instrument on which the strings an strained. – Shak.
  3. A nickname for Margaret. To take a peg lower, to depress; to lower. – Hudibras.

PEG, v.t.

To fasten with pegs. – Evelyn.


Peg
  1. A small, pointed piece of wood, used in fastening boards together, in attaching the soles of boots or shoes, etc.; as, a shoe peg.
  2. To put pegs into] to fasten the parts of with pegs; as, to peg shoes; to confine with pegs; to restrict or limit closely.

    I will rend an oak
    And peg thee in his knotty entrails.
    Shak.

  3. To work diligently, as one who pegs shoes; -- usually with on, at, or away; as, to peg away at a task.
  4. A drink of spirits, usually whisky or brandy diluted with soda water.

    [India]

    This over, the club will be visted for a "peg," Anglice drink. Harper's Mag.

  5. A wooden pin, or nail, on which to hang things, as coats, etc. Hence, colloquially and figuratively: A support; a reason; a pretext; as, a peg to hang a claim upon.
  6. To score with a peg, as points in the game; as, she pegged twelwe points.

    [Colloq.]
  7. One of the pins of a musical instrument, on which the strings are strained.

    Shak.
  8. One of the pins used for marking points on a cribbage board.
  9. A step; a degree; esp. in the slang phrase "To take one down peg."

    To screw papal authority to the highest peg. Barrow.

    And took your grandess down a peg. Hudibras.

    Peg ladder, a ladder with but one standard, into which cross pieces are inserted. -- Peg tankard, an ancient tankard marked with pegs, so as divide the liquor into equal portions. "Drink down to your peg." Longfellow. -- Peg tooth. See Fleam tooth under Fleam. -- Peg top, a boy's top which is spun by throwing it. -- Screw peg, a small screw without a head, for fastening soles.

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Peg

PEG, noun [This is probably from the root of Latin pango, pactus; Gr. denoting that which fastens, or allied to beak and picket.]

1. A small pointed piece of wood used in fastening boards or other work of wood, etc. It does the office of a nail. The word is applied only to small pieces of wood pointed; to the larger pieces thus pointed we give the name of pins, and pins in ship carpentry are called tree-nails or trenails. Coxe, in his travels in Russia, speaks of poles or beams fastened into the ground with pegs.

2. The pins of an instrument on which the strings are strained.

3. A nickname for Margaret.

To take a peg lower, to depress; to lower.

PEG, verb transitive To fasten with pegs.

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