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bevel

adjective bev·el \ ˈbe-vəl \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of bevel

: oblique, beveled
  • a bevel edge

First Known Use of bevel

1609


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bevel

noun

Definition of bevel

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
2 a : 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

Examples of bevel in a Sentence

  1. the bevel of the mirror

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Origin and Etymology of 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

verb

Definition of bevel

beveled or bevelled; beveling or bevelling \ˈbev-liŋ, ˈbe-və-\
transitive verb
: to cut or shape to a bevel
intransitive verb

Examples of bevel in a Sentence

  1. a tool that is used for beveling wood

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First Known Use of bevel

1678


BEVEL Defined for English Language Learners

bevel

noun

Definition of bevel for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


bevel

verb

Definition of bevel for English Language Learners

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


BEVEL Defined for Kids

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bevel

noun bev·el \ ˈbe-vəl \

Definition of bevel for Students

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

History for bevel

At first the word bevel was used for a certain kind of angle. This was the angle formed by two surfaces that are not at right angles. Look at the opening of such an angle. You may be able to imagine that it looks like an open mouth. The English word bevel came from an Old French word baïf that meant “with open mouth.” This word was formed from the Old French verb baer, “to yawn.”


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bevel

verb

Definition of bevel for Students

beveled or bevelled; beveling or bevelling
: to cut or shape (an edge or surface) at an angle or slant


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