• IPA: /ˈdʌvteɪl/

dovetail (plural dovetails)

  1. (woodworking) a type of joint where adjoining boards are fastened by interlocking fan-shaped cutouts
    Synonyms: culvertail
    • 1944, Popular Science, Vol. 144, Nº 4, page 151
      DOVETAIL joints, well known for their strength, have long been used in fine cabinet work. Nowadays they are frequently displaced by other types of joints that are easier to make with power tools, but where a self-locking joint is needed for use […]
Translations Verb

dovetail (dovetails, present participle dovetailing; past and past participle dovetailed)

  1. (woodworking, transitive) to unite with a dovetail joint
  2. (by extension) to fit together well
    1. (ditransitive) [+object]
      • 1988, Frank S. Kessel, The Development of Language and Language Researchers: Essays in Honor of Roger Brown, Psychology Press ISBN 9780805800630, page 299
        I felt that through the combined study of psychology and linguistics I would find out how children learned language, and that I would be able to dovetail this knowledge into my business career in Japan. The first course I took in the area of […]
    2. (ambitransitive) [+ with#English|with (object)]
      The parts of your essay should dovetail so that it is cohesive and coherent.
      The decision of the executive board dovetails neatly with the prior projects the company has taken up.
  3. (computing, transitive) to interweave a number of subprograms or algorithms so that they can be run more or less simultaneously
Translations Translations
  • German: einpassen
  • Russian: пригна́ть
  • French: s'imbriquer, concorder, coïncider
  • German: aufeinander abstimmen sein, aufeinander verzahnen sein, sich nahtlos zusammenfügen, haargenau zu (etwas) passen
  • Russian: согласо́вываться

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