Mortise
Mortise Mor"tise, n. [F. mortaise; cf. Sp. mortaja, Ar. murtazz fixed, or W. mortais, Ir. mortis, moirtis, Gael. moirteis.] A cavity cut into a piece of timber, or other material, to receive something (as the end of another piece) made to fit it, and called a tenon. [1913 Webster]

{Mortise and tenon} (Carp.), made with a mortise and tenon; joined or united by means of a mortise and tenon; -- used adjectively.

{Mortise joint}, a joint made by a mortise and tenon.

{Mortise lock}. See under {Lock}.

{Mortise wheel}, a cast-iron wheel, with wooden clogs inserted in mortises on its face or edge; -- also called {mortise gear}, and {core gear}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Mortise — Mor tise, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mortised}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mortising}.] 1. To cut or make a mortise in. [1913 Webster] 2. To join or fasten by a tenon and mortise; as, to mortise a beam into a post, or a joist into a girder. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mortise — or mortice may refer to: Mortise and tenon, a woodworking joint Ankle mortise, part of the distal tibia joining the talus bone to form an ankle joint Mortise chisel, a type of chisel Mortice lock a deadlocking lock. This disambiguation page lists …   Wikipedia

  • mortise — [môrt′is] n. [ME mortays < MFr mortaise, a mortise < Ar murtazza, joined, fixed in] 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 vt. mortised, mortising 1. to… …   English World dictionary

  • mortise — (also mortice) ► NOUN ▪ a hole or recess designed to receive a corresponding projection (a tenon) so that the two are held together. ► VERB 1) join by a mortise and tenon. 2) cut a mortise in. ORIGIN Old French mortaise …   English terms dictionary

  • mortise — {{11}}mortise (n.) c.1400, hole or groove in which something is fitted to form a joint, from O.Fr. mortaise (13c.), possibly from Arabic murtazz fastened, pp. of razza cut a mortise in. Cf. Sp. mortaja. {{12}}mortise (v.) mid 15c., from MORTISE… …   Etymology dictionary

  • mortise — n. & v. (also mortice) n. a hole in a framework designed to receive the end of another part, esp. a tenon. v.tr. 1 join securely, esp. by mortise and tenon. 2 cut a mortise in. Phrases and idioms: mortise lock a lock recessed into a mortise in… …   Useful english dictionary

  • mortise — mortiser, n. /mawr tis/, n., v., mortised, mortising. n. 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… …   Universalium

  • mortise — mor•tise [[t]ˈmɔr tɪs[/t]] n. v. tised, tis•ing 1) bui a notch, hole, or slot made in a piece of wood or the like to receive a tenon of the same dimensions 2) bui a deep recess cut into wood for other purposes, as for receiving a mortise lock 3)… …   From formal English to slang

  • mortise — I. noun also mortice Etymology: Middle English mortays, from Anglo French mortais Date: 15th century a hole, groove, or slot into or through which some other part of an arrangement of parts fits or passes; especially a cavity cut into a piece of… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mortise — [ mɔ:tɪs] (also mortice) noun a hole or recess designed to receive a corresponding projection (a tenon) so as to join or lock two parts together. verb join securely by means of a mortise and tenon. ↘[often as adjective mortised] cut a mortise in… …   English new terms dictionary

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