dovetail

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A dovetail joint.

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dove +‎ tail

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dovetail (plural dovetails)

  1. (woodworking) A type of joint where adjoining boards are fastened by interlocking fan-shaped cutouts.

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dovetail (third-person singular simple present dovetails, present participle dovetailing, simple past and past participle dovetailed)

  1. (woodworking) To unite with a dovetail joint.
  2. To fit together well.
    The parts of your essay should dovetail so that it is cohesive and coherent.

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