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mortice

[mawr-tis] /ˈmɔr tɪs/
noun, verb (used with object), morticed, morticing.
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British Dictionary definitions for mortice

mortise

/ˈmɔːtɪs/
noun
1.
a slot or recess, usually rectangular, cut into a piece of wood, stone, etc, to receive a matching projection (tenon) of another piece, or a mortise lock
2.
(printing) a cavity cut into a letterpress printing plate into which type or another plate is inserted
verb (transitive)
3.
to cut a slot or recess in (a piece of wood, stone, etc)
4.
to join (two pieces of wood, stone, etc) by means of a mortise and tenon
5.
to cut a cavity in (a letterpress printing plate) for the insertion of type, etc
Derived Forms
mortiser, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French mortoise, perhaps from Arabic murtazza fastened in position
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