Mortise meaning

môrtĭs
A usually rectangular cavity in a piece of wood, stone, or other material, prepared to receive a tenon and thus form a joint.
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To join or fasten securely, as with a mortise and tenon.
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To join or fasten securely, esp. with a mortise and tenon.
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(printing) A hole cut in a plate for insertion of type.
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A hole or recess cut, as in a piece of wood, to receive a projecting part (tenon) shaped to fit into it, or to receive a lock.
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To cut a mortise in.
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(woodworking) A hole that is made to receive a tenon so as to form a joint.
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(woodworking) To make a mortise.
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(typography) To adjust the horizontal space between selected pairs of letters; to kern.
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To make a mortise in.
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Origin of mortise

  • 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 rzz in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested circa fourteenth century, from Old French mortaise, of uncertain origin.

    From Wiktionary