- 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.
- bevel square.
- an adjustable instrument for drawing angles or adjusting the surface of work to a particular inclination.
- Printing. beard(def 5).
- to cut or slant at a bevel: to bevel an edge to prevent splintering.
- Also beveled; especially British, bevelled. oblique; sloping; slanted.
Origin of bevel
- Also called: canta surface that meets another at an angle other than a right angleCompare chamfer (def. 1)
- (as modifier)a bevel edge; bevel square
- (intr) to be inclined; slope
- (tr) to cut a bevel on (a piece of timber, etc)
Word Origin for bevel
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.