Dove"tail` (?), n. Carp.

A flaring tenon, or tongue (shaped like a bird's tail spread), and a mortise, or socket, into which it fits tightly, making an interlocking joint between two pieces which resists pulling a part in all directions except one.

Dovetail molding Arch., a molding of any convex section arranged in a sort of zigzag, like a series of dovetails. -- Dovetail saw Carp., a saw used in dovetailing.


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Dove"tail`, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dovetailed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Dovetailing.]

1. Carp. (a)

To cut to a dovetail

. (b)

To join by means of dovetails.


To fit in or connect strongly, skillfully, or nicely; to fit ingeniously or complexly.

He put together a piece of joinery so crossly indented and whimsically dovetailed . . . that it was indeed a very curious show. Burke.


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