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rabbet

[ rab-it ]
/ ˈræb ɪt /
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noun

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.

verb (used with object), rab·bet·ed, rab·bet·ing.

to cut a rabbet in (a board or the like).
to join (boards or the like) by means of a rabbet or rabbets.

verb (used without object), rab·bet·ed, rab·bet·ing.

to join by a rabbet (usually followed by on or over).

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Origin of rabbet

1350–1400; Middle English rabet<Old French rabat, derivative of rabattre to beat back, beat down; see rebate1

OTHER WORDS FROM rabbet

un·rab·bet·ed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH rabbet

rabbet , rabbit, rarebit, rebate
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British Dictionary definitions for rabbet

rabbet

rebate

/ (ˈræbɪt) /

noun

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

verb (tr)

to cut or form a rabbet in (timber)
to join (pieces of timber) using a rabbet

Word Origin for rabbet

C15: from Old French rabattre to beat down
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