- 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 mortise
Mortise, a hollow in a stone or timber to receive a corresponding projection.Architecture
Thomas Roger Smith
The marks a, b designate the limits, or the length, of the mortise.Carpentry for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
A typical form of mallet chiseling is the digging of a mortise, Fig. 76.
Fasten the lock in place, and if there is a strike or face-plate, mark its place and mortise it in.
The width of the mortise is equal to the width of the groove, its length to the width of the tenon.
- 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 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.