noun \ˈmr-təs\

: 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

Full Definition of MORTISE

:  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

mor·tise also mor·tice \ˈmr-təs\

Origin of MORTISE

Middle English mortays, from Anglo-French mortais
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with MORTISE


mor·tised also mor·ticedmor·tis·ing also mor·tic·ing

Definition of MORTISE

transitive verb
:  to join or fasten securely; specifically :  to join or fasten by a tenon and mortise
:  to cut or make a mortise in

Variants of MORTISE

mortise also mortice

First Known Use of MORTISE

15th century


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