- a notch, hole, groove, or slot made in a piece of wood or the like to receive a tenon of the same dimensions.
- a deep recess cut into wood for any of several other purposes, as for receiving a mortise lock.
- Printing. a space cut out of a plate, especially for the insertion of type or another plate.
- to secure with a mortise and tenon.
- to cut or form a mortise in (a piece of wood or the like).
- to join securely.
- to cut metal from (a plate).
- to cut out metal from a plate and insert (new material) in its place.
Origin of mortise
Examples from the Web for mortice
In cutting the mortice, first fasten the piece so that it will rest solid on the bench.Handwork in Wood
At the top it is tenoned, to be inserted into the mortice of the ivory head (qatirn).The Central Eskimo
To lock the tenon in the mortice two methods may be employed.
The lock shot into a mortice, so that there was no possibility of her pushing back the bolt.Desperate Remedies
The tenon and mortice are joggled, or dove-tailed together in the casting operation, so as to make them hold fast.Jethro Wood, Inventor of the Modern Plow.
- a slot or recess, usually rectangular, cut into a piece of wood, stone, etc, to receive a matching projection (tenon) of another piece, or a mortise lock
- printing a cavity cut into a letterpress printing plate into which type or another plate is inserted
- to cut a slot or recess in (a piece of wood, stone, etc)
- to join (two pieces of wood, stone, etc) by means of a mortise and tenon
- to cut a cavity in (a letterpress printing plate) for the insertion of type, etc
Word Origin and History for mortice
c.1400, "hole or groove in which something is fitted to form a joint," from Old French mortaise (13c.), possibly from Arabic murtazz "fastened," past participle of razza "cut a mortise in." Cf. Spanish mortaja.
mid-15c., from mortise (n.). Related: Mortised; mortising.