mortise: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (môr'tis), [key]
— n., v., -tised, -tis•ing.
  1. a notch, hole, groove, or slot made in a piece of wood or the like to receive a tenon of the same dimensions.
  2. a deep recess cut into wood for any of several other purposes, as for receiving a mortise lock.
  3. a space cut out of a plate, esp. for the insertion of type or another plate.
  1. to secure with a mortise and tenon.
  2. to cut or form a mortise in (a piece of wood or the like).
  3. to join securely.
    1. to cut metal from (a plate).
    2. to cut out metal from a plate and insert (new material) in its place.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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