follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

dovetailed

[duhv-teyld] /ˈdʌvˌteɪld/
adjective, Heraldry.
1.
noting a partition line or a charge, as an ordinary, having a series of indentations suggesting dovetails.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25; dovetail + -ed3

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
1555-65; so named from its shape
Related forms
dovetailer, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for dovetailed
  • 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.
  • It was elaborately dovetailed dialogue that had to fit together.
  • Solid hardwood construction with dovetailed joints will last longer under the weight of a full file load.
  • The block-house was of square timber, dovetailed at the corners.
  • Both buildings are of oak log construction with dovetailed and pegged joints.
  • He noted that his courses dovetailed perfectly with the skills his employer was looking for in an employee.
  • Only wooden pegs and dovetailed joints hold the building together.
British Dictionary definitions for dovetailed

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for dovetailed

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for dovetailed

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for dovetailed

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for dovetailed

15
17
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with dovetailed

Nearby words for dovetailed