Definition of Dovetail

1. Noun. A mortise joint formed by interlocking tenons and mortises.

Exact synonyms: Dovetail Joint
Generic synonyms: Mortise Joint, Mortise-and-tenon Joint

2. Verb. Fit together tightly, as if by means of a dovetail.
Generic synonyms: Fit
Causes: Fit, Go

Definition of Dovetail

1. n. 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.

2. v. t. To cut to a dovetail.

Definition of Dovetail

1. Noun. A type of carpentry joint where adjoining boards are fastened by interlocking fan-shaped cutouts. ¹

2. Verb. To unite with a dovetail joint. ¹

3. Verb. To fit together well. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Dovetail

1. to fit together closely [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Dovetail

1. A widened portion of a cavity preparation usually established to increase the retention and resistance form. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dovetail

dovelet
dovelets
dovelike
doveling
doven
dovened
dovening
dovens
dover's powder
dovera
dovered
dovering
dovers
doves
doveship
dovetail (current term)
dovetail joint
dovetail plane
dovetailed
dovetailing
dovetailings
dovetails
dovie
dovier
doviest
doving
dovish
dovishness
dovishnesses
dow

Literary usage of Dovetail

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1. Structural Details: Or Elements of Design in Heavy Framing by Henry Sylvester Jacoby (1909)
"dovetail JOINTS. A dovetail is a projection having the form of a truncated wedge ... When the dovetail is formed by cutting a triangular groove, or notch, ..."

2. American Machinists' Handbook and Dictionary of Shop Terms: A Reference Book by Fred Herbert Colvin, Frank Arthur Stanley (1914)
"Finishing a dovetail Forming Tool seras in Fig. n at the same angle ... %\m\aA^, vcv 'rov ing a dovetail cutter in the planer or ..."

3. Structural Details: Or Elements of Design in Timber Framing by Henry Sylvester Jacoby (1909)
"dovetail JOINTS. A dovetail is a projection having the form of a truncated wedge ... When the dovetail is formed by cutting a triangular groove, or notch, ..."

4. Accurate Tool Work by Clarence Leon Goodrich, Frank Arthur Stanley (1908)
"CHAPTER XI MEASURING dovetail SLIDES, GIBS AND V's * THE measuring of dovetails is an ... GAGING FEMALE dovetailS Sometimes the female dovetail is gaged by ..."

5. Exercises in Wood-working, with a Short Treatise on Wood: Written for Manual by Ivin Sickels (1889)
"1 ; the upper piece is to have the tenon, or dovetail, the lower the mortise. ... 6 shows an oblique dovetail-joint used in a gallows-brace, which is made ..."

6. Knight's American Mechanical Dictionary: A Description of Tools, Instruments by Edward Henry Knight (1876)
"dovetail dovetailING—MACHINE. dovetailing of amn-blar-work was occasionally adopted in olden times, but was first reduced to a regular system by Smeaton in ..."

7. Gages and Gaging Systems: Design, Construction and Use of Tools, Methods and by Joseph Vincent Woodworth (1908)
"45, is located on it, with one dovetail edge resting against the angular face of Q, ... It is used to determine the exact width of the dovetail portion, ..."

8. Exercises in Wood-working, with a Short Treatise on Wood: Written for Manual by Ivin Sickels (1889)
"1; the upper piece is to have the tenon, or dovetail, the lower the mortise. ... The measurements of the dovetail are given in Fig. 3. Set the gauge at f", ..."

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