mortise

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English morteys, from Old French mortaise, from Arabic مورتاز (murtazz, fastened), from راز (razza, to cut a recess).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: môrtĭs, môrtəs, IPA(key): /ˈmɔː(ɹ).tɪs/, /ˈmɔː(ɹ).təs/

Noun[edit]

mortise (plural mortises)

  1. (woodworking) A hole that is made to receive a tenon so as to form a joint. [from 14th c.]
  2. Stability; power of adhesion.

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Verb[edit]

mortise (third-person singular simple present mortises, present participle mortising, simple past and past participle mortised)

  1. (transitive, woodworking) To cut a mortise in.
  2. (transitive, woodworking) To join by a mortise and tenon.
  3. (typography) To adjust the horizontal space between selected pairs of letters; to kern.

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