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DOVETAIL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dovetail mean? 

DOVETAIL (noun)
  The noun DOVETAIL has 1 sense:

1. a mortise joint formed by interlocking tenons and mortises

  Familiarity information: DOVETAIL used as a noun is very rare.


DOVETAIL (verb)
  The verb DOVETAIL has 1 sense:

1. fit together tightly, as if by means of a dovetail

  Familiarity information: DOVETAIL used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DOVETAIL (noun)


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Meaning:

A mortise joint formed by interlocking tenons and mortises

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

dovetail; dovetail joint

Hypernyms ("dovetail" is a kind of...):

mortise joint; mortise-and-tenon joint (a joint made by inserting tenon on one piece into mortise holes in the other)


DOVETAIL (verb)


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Meaning:

Fit together tightly, as if by means of a dovetail

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Hypernyms (to "dovetail" is one way to...):

fit (make fit)

Cause:

fit; go (be the right size or shape; fit correctly or as desired)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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