Dove·tail n. 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 molding Arch., a molding of any convex section arranged in a sort of zigzag, like a series of dovetails.
Dovetail saw Carp., a saw used in dovetailing.
Dove·tail, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dovetailed p. pr. & vb. n. Dovetailing.]
1. Carp. (a) To cut to a dovetail. (b) To join by means of dovetails.
2. 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. --Burke.
n : a mortise joint formed by interlocking tenons and mortises
[syn: dovetail joint]
v : fit together tightly, as if by means of a dovetail