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.
- Also mor·tice .
- mor·tis·er, noun
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How to use mortise in a sentence
Instead, posts and beams were fitted together with mortise and tenon joints.This might be Washington’s oldest house, but it came from New England | John Kelly | November 28, 2020 | Washington Post
The supporting standard is constructed of oak, with mortise-and-tenon joints, as shown in Fig. 4.
The glue must be applied immediately after the tenon is removed from the water, and then inserted in the mortise.
The end of the tenon and the mortise is then covered with a piece of metal, fastened with screws as shown.
A bridle joint is often defined as the reverse of a mortise and tenon, and is chiefly used in the carpentry and joinery trades.Woodwork Joints | William Fairham
A joint of this type may be applied in nearly all cases where a halved or a mortise and tenon joint could be used.Woodwork Joints | William Fairham
British Dictionary definitions for mortise
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
- mortiser, noun
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