- 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 mortised
For larger engravings a number of sections were mortised together.Why Bewick Succeeded
Thy throne is mortised with their bones, cemented with their blood.The Book of Khalid
Then he mortised his chin in his brown hands and blinked while he waited.Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
Let the posts be tied together at the top by mortised beams.Ten Books on Architecture
He turned the case over, and saw that the bottom had been mortised and screwed.The Hand in the Dark
Arthur J. Rees
- 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 mortised
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.