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dovetail

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noun dove·tail \ˈdəv-ˌtāl\

Definition of dovetail

  1. :  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

1573

First Known Use of dovetail

1573

Other Building Terms


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dovetail

verb dove·tail

Definition of dovetail

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to join by means of dovetailsb :  to cut to a dovetail

  3. 2a :  to fit skillfully to form a wholeb :  to fit together with

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to fit together into a whole

Examples of dovetail in a sentence

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

Circa 1656

First Known Use of dovetail

circa 1656


DOVETAIL Defined for English Language Learners

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dovetail

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noun dove·tail \ˈdəv-ˌtāl\

Definition of dovetail for English Language Learners

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


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dovetail

verb dove·tail

Definition of dovetail for English Language Learners

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

  • : to fit together in a pleasing or satisfying way



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