dovetailed

[duhv-teyld]
adjective Heraldry.
noting a partition line or a charge, as an ordinary, having a series of indentations suggesting dovetails.

Origin:
1715–25; dovetail + -ed3

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dovetail

[duhv-teyl]
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:
1555–65; so named from its shape

dovetailer, noun
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dovetail (ˈdʌvˌteɪl)
 
n
1.  a wedge-shaped tenon
2.  Also called: dovetail joint a joint containing such tenons
 
vb
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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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 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
  her.
There was so much that could have been done and season one dovetailed nicely to
  the last few episodes.
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