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dovetail


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dovetail  \Dove"tail`\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Dovetailed};  p.  pr 
  &  vb  n.  {Dovetailing}.] 
  1.  (Carp.) 
  a  To  cut  to  a  dovetail. 
  b  To  join  by  means  of  dovetails. 
 
  2.  To  fit  in  or  connect  strongly,  skillfully,  or  nicely;  to 
  fit  ingeniously  or  complexly. 
 
  He  put  together  a  piece  of  joinery  so  crossly 
  indented  and  whimsically  dovetailed  .  .  .  that  it 
  was  indeed  a  very  curious  show  --Burke. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dovetail  \Dove"tail`\,  n.  (Carp.) 
  A  flaring  tenon,  or  tongue  (shaped  like  a  bird's  tail 
  spread),  and  a  mortise,  or  socket,  into  which  it  fits 
  tightly,  making  an  interlocking  joint  between  two  pieces 
  which  resists  pulling  a  part  in  all  directions  except  one 
 
  {Dovetail  molding}  (Arch.),  a  molding  of  any  convex  section 
  arranged  in  a  sort  of  zigzag,  like  a  series  of  dovetails. 
 
 
  {Dovetail  saw}  (Carp.),  a  saw  used  in  dovetailing. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dovetail 
  n  :  a  mortise  joint  formed  by  interlocking  tenons  and  mortises 
  [syn:  {dovetail  joint}] 
  v  :  fit  together  tightly,  as  if  by  means  of  a  dovetail 




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