verb (used with object), rab·bet·ed, rab·bet·ing.
verb (used without object), rab·bet·ed, rab·bet·ing.
Origin of rabbet
Examples from the Web for rabbet
The back should be set in a rabbet as in the cases already shown.
This rabbet should not come quite to the front edge of the top.
There is a rabbet in their inside upper edge, to receive the hatches or gratings.The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth
Rabbet these pieces sufficient to allow the art glass to set in on the back sides and be fastened—about 1/4 in.Mission Furniture|H. H. Windsor
Cut a depression or kind of rabbet at each end down to this line (Fig. 686).
Word Origin 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).