- 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 dovetail
Your acid experiences also seem to dovetail with expanding your musical consciousness.Herbie Hancock Holds Forth
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The novel is structurally daring, managing to dovetail the perspectives of both boys.She Who Came After Tolkien, Before Rowling
August 31, 2013
And the overriding issue of the election—the economy—happens to dovetail with the issues that concern New Hampshire Republicans.Romney's Killing It in New Hampshire
October 27, 2011
Set the bevel-square at the proper angle for a dovetail, Fig. 250.
When dressed off, it gives the appearance of a dovetail on each face.
This dovetail is half blind, so that the joint will not appear when the drawer is shut.
In place of the grooves the cavity may be of the dovetail form.Tin Foil and Its Combinations for Filling Teeth
Henry L. Ambler
Fig. 41 shows a "Tee Halving Joint" with a dovetail cut on the edge.Woodwork Joints
- 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 dovetail
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