dovetail joint

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dovetail joint

[′dəv‚tāl ′jȯint]
(design engineering)
A joint consisting of a flaring tenon in a fitting mortise.
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dovetail joint

A splayed tenon, shaped like a dove’s tail, broader at its end than at its base; the joint is formed by such a tenon fitting into the recess of a corresponding mortise. See also: Joint
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dovetail

dovetail, 2
dovetail, 1
1. A splayed tenon, shaped like a dove’s tail, broader at its end than at its base.
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