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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Definitions for kerf

  1. A cut or incision made by a saw or the like in a piece of wood.
  2. In mining, a deep cut a few inches high, used to undermine a portion of a coal or mineral seam.
  3. The act of cutting or carving.

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Citations for kerf
They pass through a cleft that has been made across a low range of hills, like a kerf in the top of a log, and enter into a lovely territory of subtly swelling emerald green fields strewn randomly with small white capsules that he takes to be sheep. Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
The first chips that flew were ten inches long, but they quickly dwindled as the kerf sank in. Ernest Thompson Seton, Two Little Savages
Origin of kerf
Kerf comes from the Old English cyrf, "a cutting," which relates to carve.