[ bev-uhl ]
/ ˈbɛv əl /
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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

First recorded in 1555–65; from unattested Middle French bevel (French béveau, biveau ), unattested Old French baivel, equivalent to baïf “with open mouth” (ba(er) “to gape” (see bay2) + -if adjective suffix) + -el, from Latin -ellus noun suffix; see -ive, -elle
bev·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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British Dictionary definitions for bevel

/ (ˈbɛvəl) /


  1. Also called: cant a 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)
bevelled or US beveled, adjectivebeveller or US beveler, noun
C16: from Old French bevel (unattested), from baïf, from baer to gape; see bay 1
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