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mor·tisealso 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.
a. To cut a hole in (a plate) for the insertion of type.
b. To cut such a hole and insert (type).
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
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]
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.v.t.
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.]
Past participle: mortised
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|Noun||1.||mortise - a square hole made to receive a tenon and so to form a joint|
hole - an opening deliberately made in or through something
|Verb||1.||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|