UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈdʌvˌteɪl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈdʌvˌteɪl/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(duvtāl′)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
dove•tail /ˈdʌvˌteɪl/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Buildinga joint formed in the shape of a wedge that fits tightly into a corresponding gap in another piece of wood.

v. [+ with + object]
  1. (of ideas, figures, etc.) to join or fit together smoothly or neatly:My figures dovetailed nicely with theirs.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
dove•tail  (duvtāl′),USA pronunciation n. [Carpentry.]
  1. Buildinga tenon broader at its end than at its base;
  2. Buildinga joint formed of one or more such tenons fitting tightly within corresponding mortises.

v.t., v.i. 
  1. Building[Carpentry.]to join or fit together by means of a dovetail or dovetails.
  2. to join or fit together compactly or harmoniously.
dovetail′er, n. 
  • so named from its shape 1555–65

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
dovetail /ˈdʌvˌteɪl/ n
  1. a wedge-shaped tenon
  2. Also called: dovetail joint a joint containing such tenons
  1. (transitive) to join by means of dovetails
  2. to fit or cause to fit together closely or neatly: he dovetailed his arguments to the desired conclusion
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