bev·​el | \ ˈbe-vəl How to pronounce bevel (audio) \

Definition of bevel

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: oblique, beveled a bevel edge



Definition of bevel (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : an instrument consisting of two rules or arms jointed together and opening to any angle for drawing angles or adjusting surfaces to be cut at an angle
2a : the angle that one surface or line makes with another when they are not at right angles
b : the slant of such a surface or line
c : the surface or line at such a slant or inclination
3 : the part of printing type extending from face to shoulder


beveled or bevelled; beveling or bevelling\ ˈbev-​liŋ How to pronounce bevelling (audio) , ˈbe-​və-​ \

Definition of bevel (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to cut or shape to a bevel

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bevel 2c

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Examples of bevel in a Sentence

Noun the bevel of the mirror Verb a tool that is used for beveling wood
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This Black & Decker model has four orbital settings that help the saw glide through 45-degree bevel cuts. Popular Science, "Essential power tools every DIYer should own," 19 June 2020 Excess force will cause the chisel to overcut as its bevel is driven into the wood. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "How To Make an Heirloom Toolbox," 25 Feb. 2020 Simple Shaker fronts with a bevel design will fit right in, or show off a special set of dishes with a style that incorporates glass. Sarah Lloyd, Good Housekeeping, "How to Design a Classic Kitchen That Will Stand the Test of Time," 16 Mar. 2020 Start outside the line and work back to the knife line,making sure that the chisel’s bevel faces the waste that’s being cut away. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "How To Make an Heirloom Toolbox," 25 Feb. 2020 The blade should be ground into a flat bevel that is easy to sharpen and maintain in the field. Matthew Every, Field & Stream, "Could You Survive on Beaver Brains?," 20 Dec. 2019 Glass artist Annukka Ritalahti will add sparkle to your holidays with glass snowflakes and bevel stars., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 22 Nov. 2019 With a beveled mirror like yours, the groove might even have an angle that matches the bevel. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "Warped wood around hall rack mirror may not be a problem," 11 Nov. 2019 Note that the bevel on the tooth is facing the back of the saw. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The One Thing You Should Never Do with a Chainsaw," 8 Nov. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Next, crosscut and bevel the seat support and lay the support across the legs. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "A Movable Feast: Building Your Own Picnic Table," 25 Apr. 2020 Yilan Hua's shoulder-grazing lengths were styled into a swoopy flip, hairstylist Damien Boissinot beveling the ends with a round brush and blow dryer. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Most Elegant Way to Wear Metallic Eye Makeup, According to the Altuzarra Runway," 29 Feb. 2020 Next, use a permanent marker to draw a black line along the blade’s beveled cutting edge. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Your Dull Scissors Back To Work," 21 Jan. 2020 What's so beautiful is the way every piece is beveled, tapered — almost like jewels. Frances Schultz, House Beautiful, "Inside Bunny Williams's Silvery, Shimmery Bedroom," 8 Nov. 2012 Some stations’ wooden window frames are beveled, some roofs have finials, and some rounded arches are replaced with ever-so-slightly pointed arches. Peter Christensen, Smithsonian, "Just Like Faces, Buildings Have Features That Algorithms Can Recognize," 24 Apr. 2018 Right-angle grinder: for grinding, beveling, and flattening welds, as well as for surface preparation. Phillip Pantuso, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Started With Welding," 27 May 2015 To use them effectively, fabricators typically bevel and deburr the ends after they are cut to length. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "3 Ways To Get the Most Out of a Belt Sander," 20 Oct. 2017 Another way to update classics: Here, Shaker-style cabinets, shiplap on walls and interior doors have been beveled to reduce the thickness of the edges. Janet Eastman,, "'Carefree' family farmhouse with a concrete tub: Tour the Street of Dreams (photos)," 1 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of bevel


1609, in the meaning defined above


1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1678, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for bevel


Middle French *bevel, from Old French *baivel, from baïf with open mouth, from baer to yawn — more at abeyance

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“Bevel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bevel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a slanted surface or edge on a piece of wood, glass, etc.
: a tool that is used to make a slanted surface or edge on a piece of wood, glass, etc.



English Language Learners Definition of bevel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cut or shape (a surface or edge) at an angle or slant


bev·​el | \ ˈbe-vəl How to pronounce bevel (audio) \

Kids Definition of bevel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a slant or slope of one surface or line against another


beveled or bevelled; beveling or bevelling

Kids Definition of bevel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cut or shape (an edge or surface) at an angle or slant

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