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mortise-and-tenon joint


also mor·tice  (môr′tĭs)
1. A usually rectangular cavity in a piece of wood, stone, or other material, prepared to receive a tenon and thus form a joint.
2. Printing A hole cut in a plate for insertion of type.
tr.v. mor·tised, mor·tis·ing, mor·tis·es also mor·ticed or mor·tic·ing or mor·tic·es
1. To join or fasten securely, as with a mortise and tenon.
2. To make a mortise in.
3. Printing
a. To cut a hole in (a plate) for the insertion of type.
b. To cut such a hole and insert (type).

[Middle English mortaise, from Old French, perhaps from Arabic murtazz, fastened, from irtazza, to be fixed (in place), derived stem of razza, to fix, insert; see rzz in Semitic roots.]


(ˈmɔːtɪs) or


1. (Building) a slot or recess, usually rectangular, cut into a piece of wood, stone, etc, to receive a matching projection (tenon) of another piece, or a mortise lock
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing a cavity cut into a letterpress printing plate into which type or another plate is inserted
vb (tr)
3. (Building) to cut a slot or recess in (a piece of wood, stone, etc)
4. (Building) to join (two pieces of wood, stone, etc) by means of a mortise and tenon
5. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) to cut a cavity in (a letterpress printing plate) for the insertion of type, etc
[C14: from Old French mortoise, perhaps from Arabic murtazza fastened in position]
ˈmortiser n


(ˈmɔr tɪs)

n., v. -tised, -tis•ing. n.
1. a notch, hole, or slot made in a piece of wood or the like to receive a tenon of the same dimensions.
2. a deep recess cut into wood for other purposes, as for receiving a mortise lock.
3. to join securely, esp. with a mortise and tenon.
4. to cut or form a mortise in.
[1350–1400; Middle English morteys,mortaise < Anglo-French mortais(e), Old French mortoise, of obscure orig.]


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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mortise - a square hole made to receive a tenon and so to form a joint
hole - an opening deliberately made in or through something
mortise-and-tenon joint, mortise joint - a joint made by inserting tenon on one piece into mortise holes in the other
Verb1.mortise - cut a hole for a tenon in
cut - separate with or as if with an instrument; "Cut the rope"
2.mortise - join by a tenon and mortise
bring together, join - cause to become joined or linked; "join these two parts so that they fit together"


A. Nmortaja f
B. CPD mortise lock Ncerradura f de muesca


nZapfenloch nt
vtverzapfen (into mit)


mortice [ˈmɔːtɪs] nmortasa
References in classic literature ?
The mortise of the lock and the staples of the bolts, when she tried them, were firm.
The tenons were machined over-size and then artificially dried until they fit in the mortises.
Dimensions of the members, mortises, and tenons are given in Table 1.
Benson Woodworking generously donated green, rough-sawn 2- by 8-inch boards of three species for the mortises and tenons (eastern white pine, Douglas-fir, and northern red oak) as well as a supply of 1-inch-diameter northern red oak pegs.
Round mortise and tenon joints were chosen for construction of the chair because round tenons are simple to cut with deep hole saws (plug cutters will also work) and mortises are simple to machine with conventional wood bits.
They are much easier to manufacture because 1) the tenons can be cut with hole saws; and 2) the mortises can be drilled rather than chiseled.
Two mortises with sides parallel to the grain and sides perpendicular to it were made in each specimen.
Round tenons were cut off-center on the ends of this member to allow the matching mortises in the front posts to be bored slightly further down from the top of the posts.
In assembling the joint shown in Figure 2a, for example, the tenon on the upper end of the brace is inserted into its corresponding joist mortise and the tenons on the ends of the resulting knee brace to joist assemblage--one on the end of the joist and the other on the lower end of the knee brace--are then simultaneously inserted into their corresponding mortises in the post.
Heat transfer by natural convection of the air on vertical plates and in mortises was investigated on a model by the interferometric method.
This carpentry guide explains the basics of stair geometry and planning, and walks through the process of notching framing lumber for the stringers, screwing down rough treads, and routing mortises in the stringers.
And despite the old world craftsmanship, the crane was used to lift the 30-foot "A" shaped frame and fit the tenons into their mortises.