- 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 bevelling
The bevelling of the curves at the ends was the only new feature of the knife work.Carpentry and Woodwork
Edwin W. Foster
This looks well and saves the need of bevelling the edges of the roof-boards.
The most difficult part is the bevelling of the joints (see Bevelling).
This may, however, be remedied to a great extent by bevelling off the ends from the outside as shown in Fig. 1416.
He soon invented a machine for bevelling hoop-rings, and made five thousand dollars the first year from its use.Lives of Poor Boys Who Became Famous
Sarah K. Bolton
- 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 bevelling
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.