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Meaning of MORTISE

Pronunciation:  'mowrtis

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a square hole made to receive a tenon and so to form a joint
  2. [v]  join by a tenon and mortise
  3. [v]  cut a mortise in

MORTISE is a 7 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: mortice, mortice
 See Also: bring together, cut, hole, join, mortise joint, mortise-and-tenon joint



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mor"tise\, n. [F. mortaise; cf. Sp. mortaja, Ar.
    murtazz fixed, or W. mortais, Ir. mortis, moirtis, Gael.
    A cavity cut into a piece of timber, or other material, to
    receive something (as the end of another piece) made to fit
    it, and called a tenon.
    {Mortise and tenon} (Carp.), made with a mortise and tenon;
       joined or united by means of a mortise and tenon; -- used
    {Mortise joint}, a joint made by a mortise and tenon.
    {Mortise lock}. See under {Lock}.
    {Mortise wheel}, a cast-iron wheel, with wooden clogs
       inserted in mortises on its face or edge; -- also called
       {mortise gear}, and {core gear}.
  2. \Mor"tise\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mortised}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Mortising}.]
    1. To cut or make a mortisein.
    2. To join or fasten by a tenon and mortise; as, to mortise a
       beam into a post, or a joist into a girder.
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