- 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 bevelled
She looked at herself in the tall, bevelled mirror in the best chamber.The Guardian Angel
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Many of these mirrors have bevelled glass, which, of course, is wrong.Chats on Old Lace and Needlework
Emily Leigh Lowes
One edge of each lath may, if desired, be bevelled a little.
The tenons are bevelled to fit and wedge each other in the mortise.
Its tip is a little rough, pointed and bevelled to some length down.The Mason-bees
J. Henri Fabre
- 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 bevelled
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.