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mortise

noun mor·tise \ ˈmȯr-təs \
variants: or less commonly mortice

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 (such as timber) to receive a tenon — see dovetail illustration

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Origin and Etymology of mortise

Middle English mortays, from Anglo-French mortais


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mortise

verb
variants: or less commonly mortice

Definition of mortise

mortised also morticed; mortising also morticing
transitive verb
1 : to join or fasten securely; specifically : to join or fasten by a tenon and mortise
2 : to cut or make a mortise in

First Known Use of mortise

15th century



MORTISE Defined for English Language Learners

mortise

noun

Definition of mortise for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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