Definition of Mortise

1. Noun. A square hole made to receive a tenon and so to form a joint.

Exact synonyms: Mortice
Generic synonyms: Hole
Group relationships: Mortise Joint, Mortise-and-tenon Joint
Derivative terms: Mortice, Mortice



2. Verb. Cut a hole for a tenon in.
Exact synonyms: Mortice
Generic synonyms: Cut
Derivative terms: Mortice

3. Verb. Join by a tenon and mortise.
Exact synonyms: Mortice
Generic synonyms: Bring Together, Join
Derivative terms: Mortice

Definition of Mortise

1. n. 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.

2. v. t. To cut or make a mortise in.

Definition of Mortise

1. Noun. A hole that is made to receive a tenon so as to form a joint ¹

2. Verb. To make a mortise. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Mortise

1. to join or fasten securely [v -TISED, -TISING, -TISES]

Medical Definition of Mortise

1. 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. Mortise and tenon, 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 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. Origin: F. Mortaise; cf. Sp. Mortaja, Ar. Murtazz fixed, or W. Mortais, Ir. Mortis, moirtis, Gael. Moirteis. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mortise

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mortise (current term)
mortise-and-tenon joint
mortise-and-tenon joints
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Literary usage of Mortise

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Handwork in Wood by William Noyes (1910)
"to begin at the middle of the mortise, placing the chisel—which should be as wide as the mortise—at right angles to the grain of the wood. ..."

2. Spons' Dictionary of Engineering, Civil, Mechanical, Military, and Naval by Edward Spon, Oliver Byrne (1874)
"The mortise-and-tenon joint is the principal of the greatest number of the ... In the simplest case of tenon-and-mortise joint the two pieces of wood meet ..."

3. Structural Details: Or Elements of Design in Heavy Framing by Henry Sylvester Jacoby (1909)
"mortise-AND-TENON JOINTS. In a joint of this type a tenon or rectangular projection on the end of one timber is inserted into a socket or mortise in the ..."

4. Inspection of the Materials and Workmanship Employed in Construction: A by Austin Thomas Byrne (1898)
"The mortise is a rectangular hole cut to receive the tenon, the sides of the ... The tenon is usually made a little shorter than the depth of the mortise, ..."

5. Exercises in Wood-working: With a Short Treatise on Wood; Written for Manual by Ivin Sickels (1889)
"Construction of a mortise-Joint. Materials.—The sticks of Exercise 9, after cutting off the half- joint. Work.—To unite the pieces with a through ..."

6. Exercises in Wood-working, with a Short Treatise on Wood: Written for Manual by Ivin Sickels (1889)
"To unite the pieces with a through mortise-joint. Hold the pieces in the position shown in Fig. 1, with the faces toward you. The upper is to have a tenon ..."

7. Essentials of Woodworking: A Textbook for Schools by Ira Samuel Griffith (1908)
"Haunched mortise - and - Tenon.—A groove must be plowed the full length of a piece to work it to ... The mortise should be cut before the groove is plowed. ..."

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