mortise definition

  • noun:
    • A usually rectangular hole in an item of lumber, stone, or other material, ready to receive a tenon and thus develop a joint.
    • Printing A hole cut in a plate for insertion of type.
    • A hole that's built to obtain a tenon to be able to form a joint
    • A cavity cut into some timber, or any other material, to receive something (due to the fact end of another piece) built to fit it, and labeled as a tenon.
    • A hollow cut-in some timber or any other product for a corresponding projection, called a tenon, created on another piece to fix both collectively.
    • Figuratively, security; energy of adhesion.
    • a square opening made to get a tenon and so to make a joint
  • verb-transitive:
    • to participate or fasten securely, as with a mortise and tenon.
    • In order to make a mortise in.
    • Printing To reduce a hole in (a plate) for the insertion of kind.
    • Printing To cut such a hole and place (type).
    • To cut or make a mortise in.
    • To join or fasten by a tenon and mortise.
  • verb:
    • to produce a mortise.
    • To adjust the horizontal room between selected pairs of letters; to kern.
    • slashed a hole for a tenon in
    • join by a tenon and mortise
  • others:
    • to participate by a tenon and mortise; fix in or as with a mortise.
    • To cut or make a mortise in.

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