tongue and groove


Definition of tongue and groove

: a joint made by a tongue on one edge of a board fitting into a corresponding groove on the edge of another board

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tongue-and-groove adjective

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The wood flooring downstairs, some of it longleaf pine, was also in relatively good shape, although it has been sanded and refinished so many times through the years that the tongue and groove connection between several floorboards is visible. Richard A. Marini,, "110-year-old South Side San Antonio home getting a complete renovation," 19 Aug. 2019 Fabulous flexible space is featured in a private game room with sliding glass doors to the backyard, a cement floor, and tongue and groove ceiling. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: One of a Kind: Single-level Alamo home with detached guesthouse undergoes an incredibly sophisticated update," 24 June 2019 The tongue and groove wood floors are generally in good condition. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Report lays out $5 million in needed improvements at James J. Hill Center," 18 June 2019 There's a sale on sturdy Pelican cases, which are kept airtight through the use of a tongue and groove fit and a polymer o-ring. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Today's Best Deals: Things Won't Break in a Pelican Case," 30 Apr. 2018 The house had only one owner and the interior features real wood paneling, vaulted tongue and groove wood ceilings, a really nice lava rock fireplace and some sweet swag lamps. Robert Khederian, Curbed, "To remodel or not to remodel: Curbed readers on “remuddling,” waste, and when to renovate," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of tongue and groove

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tongue and groove was in 1860

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