noun, verb (used with object), mor·ticed, mor·tic·ing.
verb (used with object), mor·tised, mor·tis·ing.
- 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
Historical Examples of 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.
Word Origin for mortise
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.