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dovetail

A dovetail is a joint in woodworking where two sides are fitted together with interlocking pieces. You can also use the word dovetail to show how other things fit well together — like how your picnic plans nicely dovetail with the sunny forecast.

A well-made dovetail is a beautiful thing, with wooden projections that slide into notches perfectly, the two sides forming a corner. When things fit this way, you can say they dovetail — they fit easily and work well together. Your plan to dress up as a Jedi knight dovetails well with your brother's Darth Vader costume, for example. Dovetails got their name from the tail feather-like shape of the joint's pieces.

Definitions of dovetail
  1. noun
    a mortise joint formed by interlocking tenons and mortises
    synonyms: dovetail joint
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    type of:
    mortise joint, mortise-and-tenon joint
    a joint made by inserting tenon on one piece into mortise holes in the other
  2. verb
    fit together tightly, as if by means of a dovetail
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    type of:
    fit
    make fit
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