- the inclination that one line or surface makes with another when not at right angles.
- a surface that does not form a right angle with adjacent surfaces.Compare chamfer.
- (of a lock bolt) the oblique end that hits the strike plate.
- (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.
- bevel square.
- an adjustable instrument for drawing angles or adjusting the surface of work to a particular inclination.
- Printing. beard(def 5).
- to cut or slant at a bevel: to bevel an edge to prevent splintering.
- Also beveled; especially British, bevelled. oblique; sloping; slanted.
Origin of bevel
Examples from the Web for bevel
This will necessitate the use of the bevel in laying off the shoulders of the tenons.
It will be necessary to have a bevel square to use in marking off the slopes and for testing them.
The bevel of the ends of the shelves will be the same as for the ends of the side pieces.
A bevel square will be needed for testing these beveled ends.
First square up all the posts and bevel them at the tops as shown.
- Also called: canta surface that meets another at an angle other than a right angleCompare chamfer (def. 1)
- (as modifier)a bevel edge; bevel square
- (intr) to be inclined; slope
- (tr) to cut a bevel on (a piece of timber, etc)
Word Origin and History for bevel
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.