from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A usually rectangular cavity in a piece of wood, stone, or other material, prepared to receive a tenon and thus form a joint.
- n. Printing A hole cut in a plate for insertion of type.
- transitive v. To join or fasten securely, as with a mortise and tenon.
- transitive v. To make a mortise in.
- transitive v. Printing To cut a hole in (a plate) for the insertion of type.
- transitive v. Printing To cut such a hole and insert (type).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A hole that is made to receive a tenon so as to form a joint
- v. To make a mortise.
- v. To adjust the horizontal space between selected pairs of letters; to kern.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A cavity cut into a piece of timber, or other material, to receive something (as the end of another piece) made to fit it, and called a tenon.
- transitive v. To cut or make a mortise in.
- transitive v. To join or fasten by a tenon and mortise.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hollow cut in a piece of wood or other material to receive a corresponding projection, called a tenon, formed on another piece in order to fix the two together.
- n. Figuratively, stability; power of adhesion.
- To join by a tenon and mortise; fix in or as in a mortise.
- To cut or make a mortise in.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cut a hole for a tenon in
- n. a square hole made to receive a tenon and so to form a joint
- v. join by a tenon and mortise
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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested circa fourteenth century, from Old French mortaise, of uncertain origin. (Wiktionary)