- a cut or incision made by a saw or the like in a piece of wood.
- Mining. a deep cut a few inches high, used to undermine a portion of a coal or mineral seam.
- the act of cutting or carving.
- to make a kerf or kerfs in (a piece of wood, a coal seam, etc.).
Origin of kerf
before 1000; Middle English kerf, kirf, Old English cyrf a cutting (cognate with Old Frisian kerf); akin to carve
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Examples from the Web for kerf
When the kerf is well started, the whole weight of the saw may be applied.
The cut is made on the pulling stroke, and hence the kerf can be very narrow.
Make the notch, or kerf, large enough to avoid pinching your axe in it.Shelters, Shacks and Shanties
The teeth should cut a kerf just wide enough to clear the blade.Farm Mechanics
Herbert A. Shearer
The first chips that flew were ten inches long, but they quickly dwindled as the kerf sank in.Two Little Savages
Ernest Thompson Seton
- the cut made by a saw, an axe, etc
Old English cyrf a cutting; related to Old English ceorfan to carve
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