mortise definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English mortays ; from Middle French mortaise, a mortise ; from Arabic murtazza, joined, fixed in
mortise definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A usually rectangular cavity in a piece of wood, stone, or other material, prepared to receive a tenon and thus form a joint.
- Printing A hole cut in a plate for insertion of type.
- To join or fasten securely, as with a mortise and tenon.
- To make a mortise in.
- Printing a. To cut a hole in (a plate) for the insertion of type.b. To cut such a hole and insert (type).
Origin: Middle English mortaise, from Old French, perhaps from Arabic murtazz, fastened, from irtazza, to be fixed (in place), derived stem of razza, to fix, insert; see rzz in Semitic roots.