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mortise

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noun mor·tise \ˈmȯr-təs\

Simple Definition of mortise

  • : a hole that is cut in a piece of wood or other material so that another piece (called a tenon) will fit into it to form a connection

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mortise

  1. :  a hole, groove, or slot into or through which some other part of an arrangement of parts fits or passes; especially :  a cavity cut into a piece of material (as timber) to receive a tenon — see dovetail illustration

Variants of mortise

also

mortice

Origin and Etymology of mortise

Middle English mortays, from Anglo-French mortais


First Known Use: 15th century


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mortise

verb mor·tise

Definition of mortise

mortised

also

morticed

mortising

also

morticing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to join or fasten securely; specifically :  to join or fasten by a tenon and mortise

  3. 2 :  to cut or make a mortise in



15th Century

First Known Use of mortise

15th century

Variants of mortise

also

mortice



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