mortiser

mortise

[mawr-tis]
noun
1.
a notch, hole, groove, or slot made in a piece of wood or the like to receive a tenon of the same dimensions.
2.
a deep recess cut into wood for any of several other purposes, as for receiving a mortise lock.
3.
Printing. a space cut out of a plate, especially for the insertion of type or another plate.
verb (used with object), mortised, mortising.
4.
to secure with a mortise and tenon.
5.
to cut or form a mortise in (a piece of wood or the like).
6.
to join securely.
7.
Printing.
a.
to cut metal from (a plate).
b.
to cut out metal from a plate and insert (new material) in its place.
Also, mortice.


Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English morteys, mortaise < Anglo-French mortais(e), Old French mortoise, of obscure origin

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mortise or mortice (ˈmɔːtɪs)
 
n
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
 
vb
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
 
[C14: from Old French mortoise, perhaps from Arabic murtazza fastened in position]
 
mortice or mortice
 
n
 
vb
 
[C14: from Old French mortoise, perhaps from Arabic murtazza fastened in position]
 
'mortiser or mortice
 
n

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mortise
c.1400, "hole or groove in which something is fitted to form a joint," from O.Fr. mortaise (13c.), possibly from Arabic murtazz "fastened," pp. of razza "cut a mortise in." Cf. Sp. mortaja.
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