- 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 dovetailing
That's the purpose behind the campaign, dovetailing with many other efforts to achieve the same effect.A Hollow Call For "Justice"
September 17, 2012
For sawing the joint reference may be made to the chapter on Dovetailing.
The application of this bearer in its position will be shown in the chapter on Dovetailing.
As to the manner of the dovetailing, it will be readily recalled to recollection.Charles Dickens as a Reader
This is a species of dovetailing the life and opinions of Junius into those of Mr. Paine.Junius Unmasked
The dovetailing of play and music is at best a perilous proceeding.Ivory Apes and Peacocks
- 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 dovetailing
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