[ bev-uhl ]
/ ˈbɛv əl /
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the inclination that one line or surface makes with another when not at right angles.
a surface that does not form a right angle with adjacent surfaces.Compare chamfer.
(of a lock bolt) the oblique end that hits the strike plate.
(of a lock with a beveled bolt) the side facing in the same direction as the bevel at the end of the bolt.Compare regular bevel, reverse bevel.
an adjustable instrument for drawing angles or adjusting the surface of work to a particular inclination.
Printing. beard (def. 5).
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.
Also beveled; especially British, bevelled. oblique; sloping; slanted.
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Origin of bevel
OTHER WORDS FROM bevelbev·el·er; especially British, bev·el·ler, nounun·bev·eled; especially British, un·bev·elled, adjectiveun·der·bev·el·ing; especially British, un·der·bev·el·ling, noun
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How to use bevel in a sentence
The mandibles are powerful, with bevelled tips and three or four teeth on the edge of the bevel.More Hunting Wasps|J. Henri Fabre
The entire ground of the stamp is composed of fine vertical lines except the edges, which are so contrived as to appear bevelled.History of the Postage Stamps of the United States of America|John Kerr Tiffany
The heading joints of flooring are often specified to be splayed or bevelled, but it is far better to rebate them.
"Well, I suppose it 'got in' through the bevelled edge of that glass thermometer in the window," he said wearily.Pollyanna|Eleanor H. Porter
I found it on the mantelpiece in my boudoir under an open telegram which had been stuck into the edge of the bevelled glass.The Woman Thou Gavest Me|Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for bevel
/ (ˈbɛvəl) /
- Also called: cant a surface that meets another at an angle other than a right angleCompare chamfer (def. 1)
- (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 forms of bevelbevelled 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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