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  • adj. Having or using a mortise.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of mortised.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In heraldry, same as enclavé.


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  • There was the strange commercial released by his loyal sponsor Nike, in which a rigor mortised Mr. Woods received counsel from the disembodied voice of his late father, Earl.

    Phil Lifts Masters Out of the Woods

  • Her flesh-like hand rigor mortised to her silly umbrella drink.

    Lee Schneider: Living in Sim

  • The mortised stretchers sometimes joint the legs to create a box-like enclosure.

    Mexican Design & Style: Overview

  • And the limber-wheel, whose fractured spokes search upward vainly for the rent-off mortised rim.


  • Unlike his first book 'this one isn't polished and mortised to a fare-thee-well.

    Anatomy Of A Fire

  •   Those sandstone boulders, known as sarsens, were carved by hand using other stones, in an age before metal tools, but are skillfully mortised to join them together.

    Secrets of the Circle

  • These are probably the first really good books-good as in good mysteries, with interesting characters and solidly mortised plots-that children today are discovering on their own.

    Newsweek's Best Novels Of 2000

  • Apocalyptic knucklebone, black-letter font so antique among the modern things, you cause the room to flinch at my intrusion, quaver in corners, trill in mortised triplets the crowded heavy boots, sodden mat, stiff thicket of broom.

    The Best American Poetry 2008

  • We were stuck for over 60 minutes because the next bus was full 30 min service but was shocking to me, the person in the mortised wheelchair was left in the lurch on this ramp for the same amount of time, until a mechanic could release the ramp.

    Charlottetown transit believes accessibility problem solved « Stephen Rees’s blog

  • In a timber-rich environment, a common design was the maison de charpente, a rectangular, single-pitched, post-and-beam house, with a heavy frame, carefully mortised, pegged, or dove-tailed together.

    Champlain's Dream


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  • A heraldry term.

    April 7, 2011