[bev-uh l]
  1. the inclination that one line or surface makes with another when not at right angles.
  2. a surface that does not form a right angle with adjacent surfaces.Compare chamfer.
  3. (of a lock bolt) the oblique end that hits the strike plate.
  4. (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.
  5. bevel square.
  6. an adjustable instrument for drawing angles or adjusting the surface of work to a particular inclination.
  7. Printing. beard(def 5).
verb (used with or without object), bev·eled, bev·el·ing or (especially British) bev·elled, bev·el·ling.
  1. to cut or slant at a bevel: to bevel an edge to prevent splintering.
  1. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for beveller


    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
  1. (intr) to be inclined; slope
  2. (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 beveller



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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