a hinge for a door or the like, secured to the butting surfaces rather than to the adjacent sides of the door and its frame.
Compare flap (def 20a).
Historical Examples

Handwork in Wood William Noyes

a hinge made of two matching leaves, one recessed into a door and the other into the jamb so that they are in contact when the door is shut sometimes shortened to butt1


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