Meaning of dovetail

dove•tail

Pronunciation: (duv'tāl"), [key]
— n. Carpentry.
  1. a tenon broader at its end than at its base; pin.
  2. a joint formed of one or more such tenons fitting tightly within corresponding mortises.
—v.t., v.i.
  1. to join or fit together by means of a dovetail or dovetails.
  2. to join or fit together compactly or harmoniously.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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