Definitions for dovetailˈdʌvˌteɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a tenon broader at its end than at its base; pin.

    Category: Building Trades

  2. a joint formed of one or more such tenons fitting tightly within corresponding mortises.

    Category: Building Trades

  3. (v.i.)to join or fit together by means of a dovetail or dovetails.

    Category: Building Trades

  4. to join or fit together compactly or harmoniously.

Origin of dovetail:

1555–65; so named from its shape


Princeton's WordNet

  1. dovetail, dovetail joint(verb)

    a mortise joint formed by interlocking tenons and mortises

  2. dovetail(verb)

    fit together tightly, as if by means of a dovetail


  1. dovetail(Noun)

    A type of carpentry joint where adjoining boards are fastened by interlocking fan-shaped cutouts.

  2. dovetail(Verb)

    To unite with a dovetail joint.

  3. dovetail(Verb)

    To fit together well.

    The parts of your essay should dovetail so that it is cohesive and coherent.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dovetail(noun)

    a flaring tenon, or tongue (shaped like a bird's tail spread), and a mortise, or socket, into which it fits tightly, making an interlocking joint between two pieces which resists pulling a part in all directions except one

  2. Dovetail(verb)

    to cut to a dovetail

  3. Dovetail(verb)

    to join by means of dovetails

  4. Dovetail(verb)

    to fit in or connect strongly, skillfully, or nicely; to fit ingeniously or complexly

Anagrams of dovetail

  1. violated


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