bevel

[bev-uh l]

noun

verb (used with or without object), bev·eled, bev·el·ing or (especially British) bev·elled, bev·el·ling.

to cut or slant at a bevel: to bevel an edge to prevent splintering.

adjective

Also beveled; especially British, bevelled. oblique; sloping; slanted.

Origin of bevel

1555–65; < Middle French *bevel (French béveau, biveau), Old French *baivel, equivalent to baïf with open mouth (ba(er) to gape (see bay2) + -if -ive) + -el < Latin -ellus; see -elle
Related formsbev·el·er; especially British, bev·el·ler, nounun·bev·eled, adjectiveun·bev·elled, adjectiveun·der·bev·el·ing, nounun·der·bev·el·ling, noun
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Related Words for bevel

angle, tilt, pitch, slant, leaning, inclination

Examples from the Web for bevel

Historical Examples of bevel

  • This will necessitate the use of the bevel in laying off the shoulders of the tenons.

    Mission Furniture

    H. H. Windsor

  • It will be necessary to have a bevel square to use in marking off the slopes and for testing them.

    Mission Furniture

    H. H. Windsor

  • A bevel square will be needed for testing these beveled ends.

    Mission Furniture

    H. H. Windsor

  • The bevel of the ends of the shelves will be the same as for the ends of the side pieces.

    Mission Furniture

    H. H. Windsor

  • First square up all the posts and bevel them at the tops as shown.

    Mission Furniture

    H. H. Windsor


British Dictionary definitions for bevel

bevel

noun

  1. Also called: canta surface that meets another at an angle other than a right angleCompare chamfer (def. 1)
  2. (as modifier)a bevel edge; bevel square

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled

(intr) to be inclined; slope
(tr) to cut a bevel on (a piece of timber, etc)
Derived Formsbevelled or US beveled, adjectivebeveller or US beveler, noun

Word Origin for bevel

C16: from Old French bevel (unattested), from baïf, from baer to gape; see bay 1
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Word Origin and History for bevel
adj.

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.

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