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.
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dovetailing

(ˈdʌvˌteɪlɪŋ)
n
the act of fitting together neatly
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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.
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