What does the word ferule mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • A flat stick for punishing children.

Usage examples for ferule

  1. Bald, rotund, of ruddy complexion, with the nose, the chin, the arched eye, the paunch and the barbiche, to say nothing of the ferule nursed in his arms and with which, in the show, such free play is made, Mr. Jenks yet seems to me to have preserved a dignity as well as projected an image, and in fact have done other things besides. – A Small Boy and Others by Henry James
  2. I suppose I must have been in the writing master's class, but though I can call to mind the man, I cannot call to mind his ferule. – Autobiography of Anthony Trollope by Anthony Trollope
  3. Their opponents, the Liberals, dominated by men of radical tendencies, were eager to assert the right, to which they thought Cuba entitled as an independent sovereign nation, to make possible mistakes and correct them without having the United States forever holding the ferule of the schoolmaster over it. – The Hispanic Nations of the New World Volume 50 in The Chronicles Of America Series by William R. Shepherd