dovetail definition

  • noun:
    • A fan-shaped tenon that forms a taut interlacing joint when fitted into a corresponding mortise.
    • A joint formed by interlocking one or more such tenons and mortises.
    • a kind of joint in which adjoining panels tend to be fastened by interlocking fan-shaped cutouts.
    • A flaring tenon, or tongue (shaped like a bird's tail spread), and a mortise, or plug, into which it suits securely, making an interlocking joint between two pieces which resists pulling a component everywhere except one.
    • In woodworking, a tenon cut in the form of a dove's end scatter, or of a reversed wedge; a way of fastening panels or timbers collectively by letting tenons therefore cut on a single into corresponding cavities or mortises in another.
    • plural Two irons, one with a flange, another with a recess, slashed to a taper: regularly hold carriage-doors in place.
    • a mortise joint created by interlocking tenons and mortises
  • verb-transitive:
    • To cut into or join in the shape of dovetails.
    • To connect or combine precisely or harmoniously.
    • To reduce to a dovetail.
    • To join by means of dovetails.
    • to squeeze in or connect strongly, skillfully, or nicely; to suit ingeniously or complexly.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • becoming accompanied collectively in the form of dovetails.
    • To combine or interlock into a unified entire: The nurses' schedules dovetailed, in order for an individual ended up being constantly working.
  • verb:
    • To unite with a dovetail joint.
    • To fit together really.
    • fit together securely, as though through a dovetail
  • others:
    • To unite by tenons in the form of a pigeon's tail spread allow into corresponding mortises in a board or timber: as, to dovetail the angles of a box.
    • Figuratively, to unite closely, like by dovetails; fit or adjust precisely and firmly; adapt, as you organization to some other, in order that they come together effortlessly and harmoniously.

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