Dovetail meaning

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The definition of a dovetail is an interlocking wood joint formed by a wedge-shaped part joined with a matching cut-out area in the wood.

An example of dovetail is what woodworkers use to attach the front of a dresser drawer.

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A fan-shaped tenon that forms a tight interlocking joint when fitted into a corresponding mortise.
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A joint formed by interlocking one or more such tenons and mortises.
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To cut into or join by means of dovetails.
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To connect or combine precisely or harmoniously.
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To be joined together by means of dovetails.
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To combine or interlock into a unified whole.

The nurses' schedules dovetailed, so that one was always on duty.

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A part or thing shaped like a dove's tail; specif., a projecting, wedge-shaped part (tenon) that fits into a corresponding cut-out space (mortise) to form an interlocking joint.
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A joint thus formed.
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To join or fasten together by means of dovetails.
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To piece together (facts, etc.) so as to make a logically connected whole.
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To fit together closely or logically.
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(woodworking) A type of joint where adjoining boards are fastened by interlocking fan-shaped cutouts.
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(woodworking) To unite with a dovetail joint.
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To fit together well.

The parts of your essay should dovetail so that it is cohesive and coherent.

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Origin of dovetail