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dovetail

Definitions

  • 18 Dovetail halving
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v dovetail fit together tightly, as if by means of a dovetail
    • n dovetail a mortise joint formed by interlocking tenons and mortises
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Laying Out a Dovetail Joint Laying Out a Dovetail Joint
37 Dovetail mortise and tenon 37 Dovetail mortise and tenon
Dovetailed Drawer Construction Dovetailed Drawer Construction
Table Construction: Upper Drawer Rail of Table Dovetailed into Left Front Leg Table Construction: Upper Drawer Rail of Table Dovetailed into Left Front Leg

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dovetail (Carp) 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.
    • Dovetail (Carp) To cut to a dovetail.
    • Dovetail To fit in or connect strongly, skillfully, or nicely; to fit ingeniously or complexly. "He put together a piece of joinery so crossly indented and whimsically dovetailed . . . that it was indeed a very curious show."
    • Dovetail (Carp) To join by means of dovetails.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dovetail In carpentry, a tenon cut in the form of a dove's tail spread, or of a reversed wedge; a manner of fastening boards or timbers together by letting tenons so cut on one into corresponding cavities or mortises in another. This is the strongest of all fastenings or joints, as the dovetails cannot be drawn out except by force applied in the direction of their length. Dovetails are either exposed or concealed; concealed dovetailing is of two kinds, lapped and mitered. See also cut under joint.
    • dovetail To unite by tenons in the form of a pigeon's tail spread let into corresponding mortises in a board or timber: as, to dovetail the angles of a box.
    • dovetail Figuratively, to unite closely, as if by dovetails; fit or adjust exactly and firmly; adapt, as one institution to another, so that they work together smoothly and harmoniously.
    • n dovetail plural Two irons, one with a flange, the other with a recess, cut to a taper: used to hold carriage-doors in position.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dovetail duv′tāl a mode of fastening boards together by fitting pieces shaped like a wedge or a dove's tail spread out (tenons) into corresponding cavities (mortises)
    • v.t Dovetail to fit one thing into another
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Usage

In literature:

It extends perilously near to Jupiter, and dovetails into the sphere of Mars.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
If you work after that with stitches of equal length, they necessarily alternate or dovetail.
"Art in Needlework" by Lewis F. Day
The dovetailed ties are just as sound now as on the day of their insertion.
"Harper's Young People, June 1, 1880" by Various
Only it was hard for the child to dovetail the two halves of her life.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
The way those dates all dovetail like the tiles on a roof.
"Rope" by Holworthy Hall
That'll dovetail with my story.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
Nor was it unpicturesque with its solid, dovetailed lateral logs and heavy thatched roof.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
The dovetailing of play and music is at best a perilous proceeding.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
The doors are of old wood in huge panels mortised and dovetailed together.
"Through Our Unknown Southwest" by Agnes C. Laut
Human ethics and a supernatural ethics of an eschatological sort cannot be dovetailed together.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
It is merely a number of stories devised to be told together and therefore dovetailing to some extent.
"The Technique of Fiction Writing" by Robert Saunders Dowst
A few old logs dovetailed into a square made the wall of a cabin.
"The Story of the Trapper" by A. C. Laut
Carefully and scrupulously dovetailed, they constitute one vast burlesque of a revolution.
"An Englishman in Paris" by Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
No sooner had he finished one air than he dovetailed another into it, and so started afresh.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 1 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
This is a species of dovetailing the life and opinions of Junius into those of Mr. Paine.
"Junius Unmasked" by Joel Moody
He could dovetail one with another.
"The Perfume of Eros: A Fifth Avenue Incident" by Edgar Saltus
The evidence was logical and dovetailed perfectly; it all pointed to one man.
"A Master Hand" by Richard Dallas
Noodles lay awake nights trying to dovetail himself and Regan into the situations of his nickel thrillers.
"The Night Operator" by Frank L. Packard
Had she been stumbling along a blind trail, misled by the cunning dovetailing of circumstance?
"The Valiants of Virginia" by Hallie Erminie Rives
There was the "Dovetail Troupe," a vaudeville unit which likewise went on tour.
"A Jewish Chaplain in France" by Lee J. Levinger
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In news:

Panzer 's skills dovetail neatly with Pharmaca's unique marketing formula.
The leg splines are secured only with a dowel pin in the center, not only allowing the top and legs to move without splitting, but the dovetail shape of the joint keeps the leg keys firmly attached to the tray.
Results will dovetail with aldermen addressing proposed ordinance on issue.
While tool chest s are simple projects – just dovetails, dovetails and dovetails – they require a certain level of devotion to complete.
Verizon iPhone Launch Dovetails with ATandT Android Uptake .
Who knew ancient pictograms used by a Chilean tribe of hunters and gatherers would dovetail aesthetically with bar code graphics that store information for drivers licenses, plane tickets and hospital bracelets.
Research outcomes will dovetail with other efforts now under way, including the Tox-21 Consortium, a collaborative research effort between NIIH, FDA, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
The BIM-UNR sensor is designed to mount within C-groove cylinders, while the BIM-UNT mounts in T-groove, dovetail, or tie rod pneumatic cylinders, all without requiring additional tools or accessories.
Auto thefts dropped 30 percent last year in San Diego County, dovetailing with an overall statewide decline, according to statistics released Wednesday.
David Keller, founder of Keller Dovetail Jigs, recalls history of his jigs and puts Journeyman into action for Woodworker's Journal Magazine at the 2012 IWF.
As the drawers that nest beneath the shelf are joined together, hand-cut dovetails are explained.
Our table is rock-solid, featuring mortise-and-tenon joints, splines, and dovetailed drawers .
World traveler Elayne Aion stayed still long enough to take over this charming shop, The Dovetail Artisans, at 105 E Glenside Ave, in Glenside.
Wry humor and technical precision dovetail in this Austin sculptor's art.
Aaron Meyers working on Dovetail.
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In science:

Verschr¨ankung, a German term used by cabinet makers for dovetailing, quite a fitting term for the quantum correlations in the natural world.
Quantum Physics of Simple Optical Instruments
Diaconis (1992), Trailing the Dovetail Shuffle to its Lair.
Random orderings of the integers and card shuffling
Diaconis, Trailing the dovetail shuffle to its lair, Ann.
Random walks on quasisymmetric functions
We will begin by first recalling the basic definitions of the de Rham complex of smooth forms; its completion as a Hilbert complex, called the L2 -de Rham complex; and the corresponding domain complex, which dovetails with the theory of Sobolev spaces.
Geometric variational crimes: Hilbert complexes, finite element exterior calculus, and problems on hypersurfaces
Given a ∈ B, use dovetailing to enumerate domain(V ).
Notes on random reals
Proof of Proposition (96): Let total recursive f : N → N be such that for all k ∈ N, Wf (k) = {b ∈ B : K(b) ≤ |b| − k}. A dovetailing construction shows that such an f exists.
Notes on random reals
Diaconis, Trailing the dovetail shuffle to its lair, Ann.
Generalized Riffle Shuffles and Quasisymmetric Functions
BayD] Bayer, D. and Diaconis, P., Trailing the dovetail shuffle to its lair.
Applications of Symmetric Functions to Cycle and Increasing Subsequence Structure after Shuffles (Part 2)
As soon as p > 0, the dynamics runs at the dovetail shown in Fig.1.
The simplest model of spatially distributed population with reasonable migration of organisms
No-feedback card guessing for dovetail shuffles.
Riffle shuffles of a deck with repeated cards
No-feedback card guessing for dovetail shuffles.
A rule of thumb for riffle shuffling
Also, a qualitative evolutionary trend with red-shift for galaxies is evident, which dovetails neatly with the HBBM view that distant galaxies should possess features characteristic of much earlier times in the evolution of the universe.
Discrete quark-lepton symmetry need not pose a cosmological domain wall problem
Bayer, D. and Diaconis, P., Trailing the dovetail shuffle to its lair, Annals of Appl.
Counting semisimple orbits of finite Lie algebras by genus
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