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    Paring-Chisel. Framing-Chisel. Mortise-Chisel
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v mortise join by a tenon and mortise
    • v mortise cut a hole for a tenon in
    • n mortise a square hole made to receive a tenon and so to form a joint
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Bench made with Pinned Mortise-and-Tenon Joints, Low Back Bench made with Pinned Mortise-and-Tenon Joints, Low Back
Roller Mortise-Gage Roller Mortise-Gage
31 Thru mortise and tenon 31 Thru mortise and tenon
32 Blind mortise and tenon 32 Blind mortise and tenon
33 Mortise and tenon with rabbet 33 Mortise and tenon with rabbet
34 Wedged mortise and tenon 34 Wedged mortise and tenon
35 Wedged mortise and tenon 35 Wedged mortise and tenon
37 Dovetail mortise and tenon 37 Dovetail mortise and tenon

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mortise A cavity cut into a piece of timber, or other material, to receive something (as the end of another piece) made to fit it, and called a tenon.
    • Mortise To cut or make a mortise in.
    • Mortise To join or fasten by a tenon and mortise; as, to mortise a beam into a post, or a joist into a girder.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mortise A hollow cut in a piece of wood or other material to receive a corresponding projection, called a tenon, formed on another piece in order to fix the two together. The junction of two pieces in this manner is called a mortise-joint.
    • n mortise Figuratively, stability; power of adhesion.
    • mortise To join by a tenon and mortise; fix in or as in a mortise.
    • mortise To cut or make a mortise in.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mortise mor′tis a cavity cut into a piece of timber to receive the tenon, a projection on another piece made to fit it: stability, power of adhesion—also Mor′tice
    • v.t Mortise to cut a mortise in: to join by a mortise and tenon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. mortaise,; cf. Sp. mortaja, Ar. murtazz, fixed, or W. mortais, Ir. mortis, moirtis, Gael. moirteis,


In literature:

He had already invented and patented a machine for mortising the hubs of wagon-wheels.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
The bottom board or shelf rests upon two rails that are mortised into the posts as shown.
"Mission Furniture" by H. H. Windsor
All the rails are mortised into the posts for a depth of 5/8 in., also the slats are mortised 5/8 in.
"Mission Furniture" by H. H. Windsor
She found herself in an old-fashioned hall, the walls panelled of oak, the floor made of closely mortised stone flags.
"The Green Rust" by Edgar Wallace
Take a pretty face and mortise about a third of it for mouth, and it seems to us as though it is a great waste of raw material.
"Peck's Sunshine Being a Collection of Articles Written for Peck's Sun, Milwaukee, Wis. - 1882" by George W. Peck
La Salle himself planned buildings and marked out mortises on the logs.
"Heroes of the Middle West" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
And those things which I say in consequence Are rubies mortised in a gate of stone.
"American Poetry, 1922" by Edna St. Vincent Millay
The operation of cutting the mortise is called dove-tailing.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
George Muller was divinely fitted for, fitted into his work, as a mortise fits the tenon, or a ball of bone its socket in the joint.
"George Muller of Bristol" by Arthur T. Pierson
Gladly and hopefully he sawed and planed, and squared, and grooved, and mortised his work, and nailed the parts together.
"Make or Break" by Oliver Optic
After this the chiseling out or mortising can be proceeded with.
"The Repairing & Restoration of Violins" by Horace Petherick
An iron ring was mortised in the side of it, to which a short, rusty chain was fastened.
"The Bradys Beyond Their Depth" by Anonymous
Usually, the beam tenon passes through a mortise in the handle.
"Agricultural Implements and Machines in the Collection of the National Museum of History and Technology" by John T. Schlebecker
Each stick was carefully mortised or tenoned by its stump, for I had borrowed other tools by this time.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. X (of X) - America - II, Index" by Various
Thy throne is mortised with their bones, cemented with their blood.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
She slipped into his embrace as if she were mortised there.
"What Will People Say?" by Rupert Hughes
Richardson's Patent Improved Tenon Machines, Mortising, Moulding, and Re-Saw Machines, and Wood-Working Machinery generally.
"Scientific American, Vol. XXXIX.--No. 24. [New Series.], December 14, 1878" by Various
Each tooth of the mortise wheel is secured as shown by an iron pin 5/16 inch diameter.
"An Introduction to Machine Drawing and Design" by David Allan Low
B is the mortise bevel wheel by which the power of the turbine is given off.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 1" by Various
Where the hole comes thru the gun-stock, start the mortise in which the trigger belongs.
"Manual Training Toys for the Boy's Workshop" by Harris W. Moore

In poetry:

In the space of a broken castle I found you on a day
When the call of the new-come cuckoo went with me all the way,
You stood by un-mortised stones that were rough and black with age,
The fawn beloved of the hunter in the panther's broken cage!
"An Idyll" by Padraic Colum

In news:

The mortise lock, a longtime industry standard, continues to be installed into commercial, institutional and residential applications.
From the mortise 's ends results in a taper about 1 in.
The new LPM180 Mortise Lock provides Fail Secure (EU) electric latchbolt retraction.
Stanley Security Solutions Introduces New and Improved 40H Mortise Lock .
In this example, we retrofit a Schlage L Series mortise lock with the TownSteel Rejuvenator .
Tapered Tenons & Tapered Mortises.
General Tools Mortise and Tenon Jig.
General Tools recently announced the release of the E?Z ProTM Mortise & Tenon Jig (Model 870).The E?Z Pro Mortise & Tenon Jig comes completely assembled and ready to use right out-of-the-box.
Stock up on a few 5-40 tailpiece screws and you will be ready to tackle Schlage's new two-piece mortise cylinders.
Schlage Unveils Two-Piece Mortise Cylinder.
After all these years, what can be new and different about a common mortise cylinder.
Marks USA was established in 1977 as a mortise lock manufacturing company.
Stronger mortise locks designed to withstand high traffic and abusive situations.
Building the hay rake stretcher truly is a mortise-and-tenon exersise.