[ bev-uh l ]
/ ˈbɛv əl /


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.

Nearby words

  1. bev,
  2. bev curls,
  3. bevan,
  4. bevan, aneurin,
  5. bevatron,
  6. bevel gear,
  7. bevel joint,
  8. bevel siding,
  9. bevel square,
  10. bevel-faced hammer

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

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British Dictionary definitions for beveller


/ (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)
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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