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[bev-uh l] /ˈbɛv əl/
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.
an adjustable instrument for drawing angles or adjusting the surface of work to a particular inclination.
Printing. beard (def 5).
verb (used with or without object), beveled, beveling or (especially British) bevelled, bevelling.
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
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 forms
beveler; especially British, beveller, noun
unbeveled, adjective
unbevelled, adjective
underbeveling, noun
underbevelling, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for beveled
Historical Examples
  • It should be got with a square cutting edge, not beveled off as some are made.

    Wood-Carving George Jack
  • The second edge—the upper one—is to be beveled or sloped 1/8 in.

    Mission Furniture

    H. H. Windsor
  • Both the top and bottom of each leg should be beveled or rounded off about 1/4 in.

    Mission Furniture H. H. Windsor
  • The ends will be square to the joint edge but beveled to the working face.

    Mission Furniture H. H. Windsor
  • A bevel square will be needed for testing these beveled ends.

    Mission Furniture H. H. Windsor
  • The curve at the end of the mold is cut out to fit and beveled in like manner.

    The Potter's Craft Charles F. Binns
  • Over the orbit the maxillæ are thick and beveled, but not raised as in bowdoini.

  • The metal can be of any desired material and beveled on the edges.

  • The gate and post should be beveled off to permit a full-open gateway.

  • The upper rails are tenoned on the sides only and beveled at the ends.

British Dictionary definitions for beveled


  1. Also called cant. a surface that meets another at an angle other than a right angle Compare chamfer (sense 1)
  2. (as modifier): a bevel edge, bevel square
verb -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled
(intransitive) to be inclined; slope
(transitive) to cut a bevel on (a piece of timber, etc)
Derived Forms
bevelled, (US) beveled, adjective
beveller, (US) beveler, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French bevel (unattested), from baïf, from baer to gape; see bay1
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Word Origin and History for beveled



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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