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bevel

[bev-uh l]
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noun
  1. the inclination that one line or surface makes with another when not at right angles.
  2. a surface that does not form a right angle with adjacent surfaces.Compare chamfer.
  3. (of a lock bolt) the oblique end that hits the strike plate.
  4. (of a lock with a beveled bolt) the side facing in the same direction as the bevel at the end of the bolt.Compare regular bevel, reverse bevel.
  5. bevel square.
  6. an adjustable instrument for drawing angles or adjusting the surface of work to a particular inclination.
  7. Printing. beard(def 5).
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verb (used with or without object), bev·eled, bev·el·ing or (especially British) bev·elled, bev·el·ling.
  1. to cut or slant at a bevel: to bevel an edge to prevent splintering.
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adjective
  1. Also beveled; especially British, bevelled. oblique; sloping; slanted.
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Origin of bevel

1555–65; < Middle French *bevel (French béveau, biveau), Old French *baivel, equivalent to baïf with open mouth (ba(er) to gape (see bay2) + -if -ive) + -el < Latin -ellus; see -elle
Related formsbev·el·er; especially British, bev·el·ler, nounun·bev·eled, adjectiveun·bev·elled, adjectiveun·der·bev·el·ing, nounun·der·bev·el·ling, noun
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Examples from the Web for bevel

Historical Examples

  • This will necessitate the use of the bevel in laying off the shoulders of the tenons.

    Mission Furniture

    H. H. Windsor

  • It will be necessary to have a bevel square to use in marking off the slopes and for testing them.

    Mission Furniture

    H. H. Windsor

  • The bevel of the ends of the shelves will be the same as for the ends of the side pieces.

    Mission Furniture

    H. H. Windsor

  • A bevel square will be needed for testing these beveled ends.

    Mission Furniture

    H. H. Windsor

  • First square up all the posts and bevel them at the tops as shown.

    Mission Furniture

    H. H. Windsor


British Dictionary definitions for bevel

bevel

noun
    1. Also called: canta surface that meets another at an angle other than a right angleCompare chamfer (def. 1)
    2. (as modifier)a bevel edge; bevel square
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verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
  1. (intr) to be inclined; slope
  2. (tr) to cut a bevel on (a piece of timber, etc)
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Derived Formsbevelled or US beveled, adjectivebeveller or US beveler, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Old French bevel (unattested), from baïf, from baer to gape; see bay 1
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Word Origin and History for bevel

adj.

1560s, possibly from Old French *baivel (Modern French béveau, biveau), possibly from bayer "to gape, yawn," from Latin *batare "to yawn, gape," from Latin root *bat-, possibly imitative of yawning. If so, the time gap is puzzling. The verb is first recorded 1670s. The noun is 1670s, from the adjective.

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