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MORTISE, or MORTICE (adapted from the...

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Originally appearing in Volume V18, Page 880 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MORTISE, or MORTICE (adapted from the Fr. mortaise; cf. Ital. mortise and Spanish mortaja; the origin is unknown; Celtic equivalents, such as Gaelic moirteis, are of French origin), a term for a socket or cavity cut in a piece of wood, or other material, into which a corresponding projecting end, a " tenon," fits, the two when fitted together forming a " mortise-joint," for fastening two beams or other pieces of timber together.
End of Article: MORTISE, or MORTICE (adapted from the Fr. mortaise; cf. Ital. mortise and Spanish mortaja; the origin is unknown; Celtic equivalents, such as Gaelic moirteis, are of French origin)
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