mortise or mortice

mortise or mortice
   A cavity in a material (usually wood, but sometimes stone or metal) into which a tenon is made to fit in order to create a joint. Mortises are usually rectangular or trapezoidal in shape. Also, to make such a cavity or to join pieces of material with them. "Mortice" is an alternative spelling. Also see dado and kerf.

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  • Mortise — or mortice may refer to: Mortise and tenon, a woodworking joint Ankle mortise, part of the distal tibia joining the talus bone to form an ankle joint Mortise chisel, a type of chisel Mortice lock a deadlocking lock. This disambiguation page lists …   Wikipedia

  • mortise — (also mortice) ► NOUN ▪ a hole or recess designed to receive a corresponding projection (a tenon) so that the two are held together. ► VERB 1) join by a mortise and tenon. 2) cut a mortise in. ORIGIN Old French mortaise …   English terms dictionary

  • mortice lock — mortise lock or mortice lock noun A lock whose mechanism is covered by being sunk into the edge of a door, etc • • • Main Entry: ↑mortise * * * ↑mortise lock …   Useful english dictionary

  • mortice — [môrt′is] n., vt. morticed, morticing alt. sp. of MORTISE …   English World dictionary

  • Mortise lock — The two main parts of a mortise lock. Left: the lock body, installed in the thickness of a door. This one has two bolts: a sprung latch at the top, and a locking bolt at the bottom. Right: the box keep, installed in the door jamb. A mortise lock… …   Wikipedia

  • mortise — I. noun also mortice Etymology: Middle English mortays, from Anglo French mortais Date: 15th century a hole, groove, or slot into or through which some other part of an arrangement of parts fits or passes; especially a cavity cut into a piece of… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mortise joint — noun 1. a gliding joint between the distal ends of the tibia and fibula and the proximal end of the talus • Syn: ↑ankle, ↑ankle joint, ↑articulatio talocruralis • Derivationally related forms: ↑anklet (for: ↑ankle) …   Useful english dictionary

  • mortice — /ˈmɔtəs / (say mawtuhs) noun 1. a rectangular cavity of considerable depth in one piece of wood, etc., for receiving a corresponding projection (tenon) on another piece, so as to form a joint (mortice and tenon joint ). 2. Printing the portion… …  

  • mortice — var. of MORTISE. * * * mortice see mortise …   Useful english dictionary

  • mortise — n. & v. (also mortice) n. a hole in a framework designed to receive the end of another part, esp. a tenon. v.tr. 1 join securely, esp. by mortise and tenon. 2 cut a mortise in. Phrases and idioms: mortise lock a lock recessed into a mortise in… …   Useful english dictionary

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