kerf

[ kurf ]
/ kɜrf /

noun

a cut or incision made by a saw or the like in a piece of wood.
Mining. a deep cut a few inches high, used to undermine a portion of a coal or mineral seam.
the act of cutting or carving.

verb (used with object)

to make a kerf or kerfs in (a piece of wood, a coal seam, etc.).

Origin of kerf

before 1000; Middle English kerf, kirf, Old English cyrf a cutting (cognate with Old Frisian kerf); akin to carve
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kerf

/ (kɜːf) /

noun

the cut made by a saw, an axe, etc

Word Origin for kerf

Old English cyrf a cutting; related to Old English ceorfan to carve
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