noun \ˈdəv-ˌtāl\

: a type of joint that is used to connect two pieces of wood together

Full Definition of DOVETAIL

:  something resembling a dove's tail; especially :  a flaring tenon and a mortise into which it fits tightly making an interlocking joint between two pieces (as of wood)

Illustration of DOVETAIL

First Known Use of DOVETAIL


Other Building Terms

batten, cistern, hearth, lath, transom, wainscot



: to join (two pieces of wood) with dovetail joints

: to fit together in a pleasing or satisfying way

Full Definition of DOVETAIL

transitive verb
a :  to join by means of dovetails
b :  to cut to a dovetail
a :  to fit skillfully to form a whole
b :  to fit together with
intransitive verb
:  to fit together into a whole

Examples of DOVETAIL

  1. <the Union and the Confederate accounts of the battle don't dovetail at all>

First Known Use of DOVETAIL

circa 1656


Next Word in the Dictionary: dovetail cramp
Previous Word in the Dictionary: dove shell
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