dovetailing


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dove·tail

 (dŭv′tāl′)
n.
1. A fan-shaped tenon that forms a tight interlocking joint when fitted into a corresponding mortise.
2. A joint formed by interlocking one or more such tenons and mortises.
v. dove·tailed, dove·tail·ing, dove·tails
v.tr.
1. To cut into or join by means of dovetails.
2. To connect or combine precisely or harmoniously.
v.intr.
1. To be joined together by means of dovetails.
2. To combine or interlock into a unified whole: The nurses' schedules dovetailed, so that one was always on duty.

dovetailing

(ˈdʌvˌteɪlɪŋ)
n
the act of fitting together neatly
References in classic literature ?
The most extraordinary thing to my mind, of all the strange and wonderful things that happened upon that Friday, was the dovetailing of the commonplace habits of our social order with the first beginnings of the series of events that was to topple that social order headlong.
I just install the bushing and bit in the router, set the cutting depth and start dovetailing.
One may not necessarily attach moral significance to such dovetailing (in which case "dovetail coordination" will not serve well as a normative criterion).