adjective Heraldry.
noting a partition line or a charge, as an ordinary, having a series of indentations suggesting dovetails.

1715–25; dovetail + -ed3 Unabridged


noun Carpentry.
a tenon broader at its end than at its base; pin.
a joint formed of one or more such tenons fitting tightly within corresponding mortises.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
Carpentry. to join or fit together by means of a dovetail or dovetails.
to join or fit together compactly or harmoniously.

1555–65; so named from its shape

dovetailer, noun Unabridged
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dovetail (ˈdʌvˌteɪl)
1.  a wedge-shaped tenon
2.  Also called: dovetail joint a joint containing such tenons
3.  (tr) 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 & History

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 birds tailfeather display. Related:Dovetailed.
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Example sentences
They often hold multiple positions at the same time, and their job transitions
  are dovetailed rather than clear changes.
Folks should not be surprised that a student told some whoppers that dovetailed
  in which the professor's positions.
Her slate-blue skirts were kilted boldly about her waist and dovetailed behind
There was so much that could have been done and season one dovetailed nicely to
  the last few episodes.
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