(Mor"tise), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mortised ; p. pr. & vb. n. Mortising.]
1. To cut or make a mortise in.
2. To join or fasten by a tenon and mortise; as, to mortise a beam into a post, or a joist into a girder.
(Mort"ling) n. [See Morling.]
1. An animal, as a sheep, dead of disease or privation; a morling. [Eng.]
2. Wool plucked from a dead sheep; morling.
(Mort"main`) n. [F. mort, morte, dead + main hand; F. main-morte. See Mortal, and Manual.]
(Law) Possession of lands or tenements in, or conveyance to, dead hands, or hands that cannot alienate.
The term was originally applied to conveyance of land made to ecclesiastical bodies; afterward to conveyance
made to any corporate body. Burrill.
(Mort"mal) n. See Mormal. [Obs.] B. Jonson.
(Mort"pay`) n. [F. mort dead + E. pay.] Dead pay; the crime of taking pay for the service of
dead soldiers, or for services not actually rendered by soldiers. [Obs.] Bacon.
(Mor"tress Mor"trew) n. [See Mortar.] A dish of meats and other ingredients, cooked together; an
ollapodrida. Chaucer. Bacon.
(Mor"tu*a*ry) n.; pl. Mortuaries [LL. mortuarium. See Mortuary, a.]
1. A sort of ecclesiastical heriot, a customary gift claimed by, and due to, the minister of a parish on the
death of a parishioner. It seems to have been originally a voluntary bequest or donation, intended to
make amends for any failure in the payment of tithes of which the deceased had been guilty.
2. A burial place; a place for the dead.
3. A place for the reception of the dead before burial; a deadhouse; a morgue.