verb (used with or without object), bev·eled, bev·el·ing or (especially British) bev·elled, bev·el·ling.
- bev curls,
- bevan, aneurin,
- bevel gear,
- bevel joint,
- bevel siding,
- bevel square,
- bevel-faced hammer
Origin of bevel
- 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
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.