Peg

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. 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.
3. One of the pins of a musical instrument, on which the strings are strained.
4. One of the pins used for marking points on a cribbage board.
5. A step; a degree; especially. 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. . 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.
Origin: OE. Pegge; cf. Sw. Pigg, Dan. Pig a point, prickle, and E. Peak.


You will also like...

Neurology of Illusions
Neurology of Illusions

Illusions are the perceptions and sensory data obtained from situations in which human error prevents us from seeing the..

Freshwater Ecology
Freshwater Ecology

Freshwater ecology focuses on the relations of aquatic organisms to their freshwater habitats. There are two forms of co..

Adaptation Tutorial
Adaptation Tutorial

Adaptation, in biology and ecology, refers to the process or trait through which organisms or the populations in a habit..

Growth and Plant Hormones
Growth and Plant Hormones

Plants, like animals, produce hormones to regulate plant activities, including growth. They need these hormones to respo..

complete-dominance
Dominance

This tutorial presents Gregor Mendel's law of dominance. Learn more about this form of inheritance and how it can be pre..

"Opabinia regalis"
The Evolutionary Development of Multicellular Organisms

Multicellular organisms evolved. The first ones were likely in the form of sponges. Multicellularity led to the evolutio..