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dovetail

[duhv-teyl] /ˈdʌvˌteɪl/
noun, Carpentry.
1.
a tenon broader at its end than at its base; pin.
2.
a joint formed of one or more such tenons fitting tightly within corresponding mortises.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
3.
Carpentry. to join or fit together by means of a dovetail or dovetails.
4.
to join or fit together compactly or harmoniously.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; so named from its shape
Related forms
dovetailer, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dove-tail

dovetail

/ˈdʌvˌteɪl/
noun
1.
a wedge-shaped tenon
2.
Also called dovetail joint. a joint containing such tenons
verb
3.
(transitive) to join by means of dovetails
4.
to fit or cause to fit together closely or neatly: he dovetailed his arguments to the desired conclusion
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Word Origin and History for dove-tail

dovetail

late 16c. (n.), 1650s (v.), from dove (n.) + tail. So called from resemblance of shape in the tenon or mortise of the joints to that of the bird’s tailfeather display. Related: Dovetailed.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dove-tail

dovetail

verb

To say something linked and sequential: Let me dovetail on what you just said (1970s+ Army)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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