1. a hole or recess cut, as in a piece of wood, to receive a projecting part (tenon) shaped to fit into it, or to receive a lock
verb transitiveWord forms: ˈmortised or ˈmortising
2. to join or fasten securely, esp. with a mortise and tenon
3. to cut a mortise in
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Word origin of 'mortise'ME mortays < MFr mortaise, a mortise < Ar murtazza, joined, fixed in