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[cham-fer] /ˈtʃæm fər/
a cut that is made in wood or some other material, usually at a 45° angle to the adjacent principal faces.
Compare bevel.
verb (used with object)
to make a chamfer on or in.
Origin of chamfer
1595-1605; back formation from chamfering (taken as chamfer + -ing1) < Middle French chamfrein, variant of chanfreint beveled edge, orig. past participle of chanfraindre to bevel, equivalent to chant edge (< Latin canthus; see cant2) + fraindre to break < Latin frangere; see frangible
Related forms
chamferer, noun
unchamfered, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for chamfered
Historical Examples
  • All projecting tenons, as well as the tops and bottoms of the posts, should be chamfered about 1/8 in.

    Mission Furniture H. H. Windsor
  • The latter are chamfered and moulded rudely with two hollows.

  • Eye-bonder: A narrow, rough ashlar in one end of which a chamfered hole has been cut.

    Inca Land Hiram Bingham
  • Practically all cylinders are chamfered at the lower end to make insertion of piston rings easier.

    Aviation Engines Victor Wilfred Pag
  • Or one corner may be chamfered with the chisel, as shown in Fig. 29.

    The Boy Craftsman A. Neely Hall
  • The arcade has pointed, chamfered arches, supported on octagonal pillars, and there is a small clerestory.

    Somerset G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
  • The face of ashlar-work may be plain and level, or have rebated, chamfered, or moulded joints.

  • The edges of these washers are chamfered off to prevent them from burring easily.

  • The lower ends should be chamfered slightly to prevent their splintering from usage.

    Mission Furniture H. H. Windsor
  • The sharp edges of the uprights may be bevelled or chamfered where people are likely to come in contact with them.

    Carpentry and Woodwork Edwin W. Foster
British Dictionary definitions for chamfered


a narrow flat surface at the corner of a beam, post, etc, esp one at an angle of 45° Compare bevel (sense 1)
verb (transitive)
to cut such a surface on (a beam, etc)
another word for chase2 (sense 4)
Derived Forms
chamferer, noun
Word Origin
C16: back formation from chamfering,from Old French chamfrein, from chant edge (see cant²) + fraindre to break, from Latin frangere
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Word Origin and History for chamfered

1560s, "channelled, fluted," from the verb form of chamfer (v.); see chamfer (n.)). Meaning "bevelled off" is from c.1790.



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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