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[duhv-teyld] /ˈdʌvˌteɪld/
adjective, Heraldry.
noting a partition line or a charge, as an ordinary, having a series of indentations suggesting dovetails.
Origin of dovetailed
First recorded in 1715-25; dovetail + -ed3


[duhv-teyl] /ˈdʌvˌteɪl/
noun, Carpentry.
a tenon broader at its end than at its base; pin.
a joint formed of one or more such tenons fitting tightly within corresponding mortises.
verb (used with or without object)
Carpentry. to join or fit together by means of a dovetail or dovetails.
to join or fit together compactly or harmoniously.
First recorded in 1555-65; so named from its shape
Related forms
dovetailer, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He brought them together and dovetailed the two frayed ends one against the other until the edges met in a perfectly even line.

  • It is designed to make the dovetailed tongue as well as the groove.

    Carpentry for Boys J. S. Zerbe
  • We had cut across the 180th meridian, where time is dovetailed.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
  • I have never been able to understand how every bit has dovetailed with such exactness.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • It was built of strong oak logs, hewn square, and dovetailed together at the corners.

    Fifty Years in Chains Charles Ball
  • Away with the mechanism of the polished, dovetailed, machine-made play of Dumas.

    Iconoclasts James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for dovetailed


a wedge-shaped tenon
Also called dovetail joint. a joint containing such tenons
(transitive) to join by means of dovetails
to fit or cause to fit together closely or neatly: he dovetailed his arguments to the desired conclusion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dovetailed


late 16c. (n.), 1650s (v.), from dove (n.) + tail. So called from resemblance of shape in the tenon or mortise of the joints to that of the bird’s tailfeather display. Related: Dovetailed.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for dovetailed



To say something linked and sequential: Let me dovetail on what you just said (1970s+ Army)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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