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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Other Words from tongue and groove

tongue-and-groove adjective

Examples of tongue and groove in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 2,162-square-foot home was built in 1975 and features the original tongue and groove paneling. Monica Mercuri, House Beautiful, 21 Sep. 2021 Here the standard types of joint, such as mortise and tenon, tongue and groove, and dovetail, are developed with ingenious intricacy. Michael J. Lewis, WSJ, 20 Apr. 2021 Some of the 1972 home’s original tongue and groove ceilings were hidden beneath drywall., 26 Mar. 2021 The first phase of construction was to streamline everything: take out the cheap tongue and groove flooring, get rid of the weird soffits throughout the home, rework the staircase, and bring the bad build back to its original, personality-less form. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, 7 Jan. 2020 There are wide-plank European white oak floors, vaulted, beamed and tongue and groove ceilings, custom light fixtures, and Andersen French doors. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, 23 Sep. 2019 Step down into the spacious family room that features a high tongue and groove ceiling and is anchored by a fireplace with a brick to-ceiling surround, carved mantel, and built-in cabinetry. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, 9 Sep. 2019 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,, 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, 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of tongue and groove

1860, in the meaning defined above

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tongue and groove

tongue-and-lip joint

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1 Oct 2021

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“Tongue and groove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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