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Meaning of DOVETAIL

Pronunciation:  'duvteyl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a mortise joint formed by interlocking tenons and mortises
  2. [v]  fit together tightly, as if by means of a dovetail

DOVETAIL is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: dovetail joint
 See Also: fit, go, mortise joint, mortise-and-tenon joint



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dove"tail`\, n. (Carp.)
    A flaring tenon, or tongue (shaped like a bird's tail
    spread), and a mortise, or socket, into which it fits
    tightly, making an interlocking joint between two pieces
    which resists pulling a part in all directions except one.
    {Dovetail molding} (Arch.), a molding of any convex section
       arranged in a sort of zigzag, like a series of dovetails.
    {Dovetail saw} (Carp.), a saw used in dovetailing.
  2. \Dove"tail`\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dovetailed}; p. pr.
    & vb. n. {Dovetailing}.]
    1. (Carp.)
       (a) To cut to a dovetail.
       (b) To join by means of dovetails.
    2. To fit in or connect strongly, skillfully, or nicely; to
       fit ingeniously or complexly.
             He put together a piece of joinery so crossly
             indented and whimsically dovetailed . . . that it
             was indeed a very curious show.       --Burke.
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