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chamfer

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noun
  1. 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)
  1. 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 formscham·fer·er, nounun·cham·fered, adjective
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Examples from the Web for chamfered

Historical Examples

  • The latter are chamfered and moulded rudely with two hollows.

    Bell's Cathedrals: The Abbey Church of Tewkesbury

    H. J. L. J. Mass

  • Or one corner may be chamfered with the chisel, as shown in Fig. 29.

    The Boy Craftsman

    A. Neely Hall

  • The center post should be chamfered at the top to relieve the abruptness.

  • The vaulting ribs have the simplest of all profiles—that of a chamfered beam.

  • The corner of a block of wood is very often chamfered, when planing end-wood, to prevent the wood from splintering.

    The Boy Craftsman

    A. Neely Hall


British Dictionary definitions for chamfered

chamfer

noun
  1. a narrow flat surface at the corner of a beam, post, etc, esp one at an angle of 45°Compare bevel (def. 1)
verb (tr)
  1. to cut such a surface on (a beam, etc)
  2. another word for chase 2 (def. 4)
Derived Formschamferer, noun

Word Origin

C16: back formation from chamfering, from Old French chamfrein, from chant edge (see cant ²) + fraindre to break, from Latin frangere
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Word Origin and History for chamfered

adj.

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

chamfer

n.

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.

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