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, 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 lock — Lock Lock, n. [AS. loc inclosure, an inclosed place, the fastening of a door, fr. l[=u]can to lock, fasten; akin to OS. l[=u]kan (in comp.), D. luiken, OHG. l[=u]hhan, Icel. l[=u]ka, Goth. l[=u]kan (in comp.); cf. Skr. ruj to break. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mortise lock — n BrE [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: mortise hole made for a part to fit into (14 21 centuries), from Old French, probably from Arabic murtaj locked ] a strong lock that fits into a hole cut in the edge of a door American Equivalent: dead bolt …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mortise lock — ► NOUN ▪ a lock set into the framework of a door in a recess or mortise …   English terms dictionary

  • mortise lock — mortise ,lock noun count a strong lock that fits into a hole cut into the frame around a door …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Mortise lock — The two main parts of a mortise lock. Left: the lock body, installed in the thickness of a door. This one has two bolts: a sprung latch at the top, and a locking bolt at the bottom. Right: the box keep, installed in the door jamb. A mortise lock… …   Wikipedia

  • mortise lock — noun : a door lock inserted in a mortise * * * (or Brit mortice lock) noun, pl ⋯ locks [count] chiefly Brit : ↑dead bolt * * * ˈmortise lock f9 [mortise lock mortise locks] …   Useful english dictionary

  • mortise lock — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms mortise lock : singular mortise lock plural mortise locks a strong lock that fits into a hole cut into the frame around a door …   English dictionary

  • mortise lock — mor′tise lock n. bui a lock housed within a mortise in a door, so that the lock mechanism is covered on both sides • Etymology: 1770–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • mortise lock — a lock housed within a mortise in a door or the like, so that the lock mechanism is covered on both sides. [1770 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • mortise lock — noun a lock set within the body of a door in a recess or mortise, as opposed to one attached to the door surface …   English new terms dictionary

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