Mortise and tenon
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 and tenon — Diagram of a mortise (on left) and tenon joint The mortise and tenon joint has been used for thousands of years by woodworkers around the world to join pieces of wood, mainly when the adjoining pieces connect at an angle of 90°. In its basic form …   Wikipedia

  • mortise-and-tenon joint — noun a joint made by inserting tenon on one piece into mortise holes in the other • Syn: ↑mortise joint • Hypernyms: ↑joint • Hyponyms: ↑dovetail, ↑dovetail joint, ↑tongue and groove joint …   Useful english dictionary

  • mortise-and-tenon joint — noun A woodworking joint made by inserting a projecting tenon into a mortised slot …   Wiktionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mortise gear — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mortise joint — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mortise lock — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mortise wheel — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tenon — [ten′ən] n. [ME < MFr < tenir, to hold: see TENANT] a projecting part cut on the end of a piece of wood, etc. for insertion into a corresponding hole (mortise) in another piece to make a joint: see MORTISE vt., vi. 1. to make a tenon (on) 2 …   English World dictionary

  • 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

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