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any of various joints between two pieces of timber or the like in which a tenon is housed in or secured to a mortise. Also called mor′tise and ten′on joint`.
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|Noun||1.||mortise joint - a gliding joint between the distal ends of the tibia and fibula and the proximal end of the talus|
anklebone, astragal, astragalus, talus - the bone in the ankle that articulates with the leg bones to form the ankle joint
leg - a human limb; commonly used to refer to a whole limb but technically only the part of the limb between the knee and ankle
|2.||mortise joint - a joint made by inserting tenon on one piece into mortise holes in the other|
joint - junction by which parts or objects are joined together
tenon - a projection at the end of a piece of wood that is shaped to fit into a mortise and form a mortise joint
tongue and groove joint - a mortise joint made by fitting a projection on the edge of one board into a matching groove on another board