- a deep notch formed in or near one edge of a board, framing timber, etc., so that something else can be fitted into it or so that a door or the like can be closed against it.
- a broad groove let into the surface of a board or the like; dado.
- to cut a rabbet in (a board or the like).
- to join (boards or the like) by means of a rabbet or rabbets.
- to join by a rabbet (usually followed by on or over).
Origin of rabbet
Examples from the Web for rabbet
It also fits into a rabbet on the upper back side of the shelf.
In an end-lap joint on rabbeted pieces the joint must be adapted to the rabbet.
Set the fence and the stop at the desired width and depth of the rabbet.
The rabbet should therefore be plowed before the joint is made.
The sinking a rabbet in the dead-wood, wherein the heels of the timbers rest.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
- a recess, groove, or step, usually of rectangular section, cut into a surface or along the edge of a piece of timber to receive a mating piece
- a joint made between two pieces of timber using a rabbet
- to cut or form a rabbet in (timber)
- to join (pieces of timber) using a rabbet
Word Origin and History for rabbet
"rectangular groove cut out of the edge of a piece of wood or stone so that it may join by lapping with others," late 14c., from Old French rabat "a recess in a wall, a lower section," literally "a beating down," a back-formation from rabattre "to beat down, beat back" (see rebate (v.)). The verb is attested from mid-15c. (implied in rabetynge).