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mortise

mor·tise

mortise

 
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
pronunciation: mor tihs
definition: a slot or other shape cut into a piece of wood or metal and intended to connect with a matching piece cut to fit it exactly when inserted into it. (Cf. tenon.)
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part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: mor taIz
inflections: mortised, mortises, mortising
definition 1: to connect (two pieces of wood, metal, or stone) by means of a mortise and tenon joint.
definition 2: to cut a mortise in.
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derivation: mortiser (n.)