- a cut that is made in wood or some other material, usually at a 45° angle to the adjacent principal faces.Compare bevel.
- to make a chamfer on or in.
Origin of chamfer
Examples from the Web for chamfer
Chamfer the handles, as shown, for four inches from one end.Toy Craft
Leon H. Baxter
The top was to project and have a bevel, or chamfer, also the bottom.Carpentry and Woodwork
Edwin W. Foster
Round and chamfer the small end about an inch upon the sides.Steel Traps
A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
On this account it is better to draw the chamfer at 45 degrees, as correct results may be obtained with the least trouble.
The chamfer circles are left out of these figures to reduce the number of lines and so keep the engraving clear.
- a narrow flat surface at the corner of a beam, post, etc, esp one at an angle of 45°Compare bevel (def. 1)
- to cut such a surface on (a beam, etc)
- another word for chase 2 (def. 4)
Word Origin and History for chamfer
c.1600, "small groove cut in wood or stone," from Middle French chanfraindre (15c., Modern French chanfreiner), past participle of chanfraint. The second element seems to be from Latin frangere "to break" (see fraction); perhaps the whole word is cantum frangere "to break the edge." Meaning "bevelled surface of a square edge or corner" is attested from c.1840, of uncertain connection to the other sense.