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mortise

or mor·tice

[ mawr-tis ]
/ ˈmɔr tɪs /
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noun

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.

verb (used with object), mor·tised, mor·tis·ing.

RELATED WORDS

juncture, crossing, intersection, confluence, terminal, harmonize, conform, coincide, jibe, correspond, screw, tighten, weld, affix, adhere, nail, attach, bolt, solder, glue

Nearby words

mortification, mortified, mortify, mortifying, mortimer, mortise, mortise block, mortise chisel, mortise joint, mortise lock, mortling

Origin of mortise

1350–1400; Middle English morteys, mortaise < Anglo-French mortais(e), Old French mortoise, of obscure origin
Related formsmor·tis·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for mortise

mortise

mortice

/ (ˈmɔːtɪs) /

noun

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

verb (tr)

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
Derived Formsmortiser, noun

Word Origin for mortise

C14: from Old French mortoise, perhaps from Arabic murtazza fastened in position
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