mortise

noun
mor·​tise | \ ˈmȯr-təs How to pronounce mortise (audio) \
variants: or less commonly mortice

Definition of mortise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

mortise

verb
variants: or less commonly mortice
mortised also morticed; mortising also morticing

Definition of mortise (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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For example, the notch for a hinge (called a hinge mortise) may have been cut a little too deeply. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Need To Know: The Life-Changing Power of Shims," 9 Nov. 2018 The IglooHome smart mortise lock combines those with a keypad and lever, and comes with hotel-like access fobs for those who don’t want to use the app. Joshua Fruhlinger, WSJ, "Is It Smart to Install a Smart Lock?," 11 July 2018 The structure was built using mortise and tenon, with pegs for extra strength-- a technique lost in the following century. Adele Foster, NOLA.com, "Mandeville Bible Church, established in 1876, breathes history on Carroll Street," 16 July 2017

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First Known Use of mortise

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mortise

Noun

Middle English mortays, from Anglo-French mortais

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mortise

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mortise

technical : 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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