- a cut that is made in wood or some other material, usually at a 45° angle to the adjacent principal faces.Compare bevel.
- to make a chamfer on or in.
Origin of chamfer
Examples from the Web for chamfered
Historical Examples of chamfered
The latter are chamfered and moulded rudely with two hollows.Bell's Cathedrals: The Abbey Church of Tewkesbury
H. J. L. J. Mass
Or one corner may be chamfered with the chisel, as shown in Fig. 29.
The center post should be chamfered at the top to relieve the abruptness.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2
The vaulting ribs have the simplest of all profiles—that of a chamfered beam.Mornings in Florence
The corner of a block of wood is very often chamfered, when planing end-wood, to prevent the wood from splintering.
- a narrow flat surface at the corner of a beam, post, etc, esp one at an angle of 45°Compare bevel (def. 1)
- to cut such a surface on (a beam, etc)
- another word for chase 2 (def. 4)
Word Origin for chamfer
1560s, "channelled, fluted," from the verb form of chamfer (v.); see chamfer (n.)). Meaning "bevelled off" is from c.1790.
c.1600, "small groove cut in wood or stone," from Middle French chanfraindre (15c., Modern French chanfreiner), past participle of chanfraint. The second element seems to be from Latin frangere "to break" (see fraction); perhaps the whole word is cantum frangere "to break the edge." Meaning "bevelled surface of a square edge or corner" is attested from c.1840, of uncertain connection to the other sense.