- noting a partition line or a charge, as an ordinary, having a series of indentations suggesting dovetails.
Origin of dovetailed
- 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.
- Carpentry. to join or fit together by means of a dovetail or dovetails.
- to join or fit together compactly or harmoniously.
Origin of dovetail
First recorded in 1555–65; so named from its shape
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Examples from the Web for dovetailed
The cellphone use among pedestrians has dovetailed insidiously with hyper-gentrification, Moss says.The End of New York: How One Blog Tracks the Disappearance of a Vibrant City
August 6, 2014
“I think the Old-Fashioned craze has also dovetailed with a lot of drinkers coming back to whiskey,” Simonson says.The Rise and Fall…and Rise Again of the Old-Fashioned
June 14, 2014
Obama's message was narrowly about peace, but it dovetailed with Molad's.Meet The Israeli Left's New Ideas Factory
April 18, 2013
The segment was called “Swinging in the Suburbs,” and it dovetailed with a Newsweek cover story I wrote on unfaithful women.The Hole in Our Lives
November 20, 2009
It is designed to make the dovetailed tongue as well as the groove.Carpentry for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
The dovetailed ties are just as sound now as on the day of their insertion.
I have never been able to understand how every bit has dovetailed with such exactness.The Blind Spot
Away with the mechanism of the polished, dovetailed, machine-made play of Dumas.Iconoclasts
We had cut across the 180th meridian, where time is dovetailed.The Pacific Triangle
- a wedge-shaped tenon
- Also called: dovetail joint a joint containing such tenons
- (tr) to join by means of dovetails
- to fit or cause to fit together closely or neatlyhe dovetailed his arguments to the desired conclusion
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Word Origin and History for dovetailed
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