bezel

noun
be·​zel | \ ˈbē-zəl How to pronounce bezel (audio) , ˈbe- How to pronounce bezel (audio) \

Definition of bezel

1 : a rim that holds a transparent covering (as on a watch, clock, or headlight) or that is rotatable and has special markings (as on a watch)
2 gems : the oblique (see oblique entry 1 sense 1a) side or face of a cut gem specifically : the upper faceted portion of a brilliant projecting from the setting — see brilliant illustration
3 jewelry : a usually metal rim of a piece of jewelry in which an ornament (such as a gem) is set

Examples of bezel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, those slim edges and nearly bezel-less screens have to make some concessions in the durability department. David Nield, Popular Mechanics, "So You Cracked Your Phone Screen. Here's What to Do.," 25 Aug. 2020 Another big section of the Pixel 4 bezel was dedicated to Google's second Pixel 4 gimmick: the Project Soli air gesture system. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Pixel 5 renders show Google returning to rear fingerprint reader," 21 Aug. 2020 There’s just enough resistance in the bezel, with a clicking sound every so often. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, "Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 3 first impressions: Samsung’s newest smartwatch shows a lot of promise," 7 Aug. 2020 Strapping on a Patek Philippe for Zoom calls just to have friends and co-workers salivate over your bezel is gauche, but the timepiece habits of dedicated collectors have scarcely changed in the Covid era. Todd Plummer And Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Should You Wear a Watch If There’s No One to Impress?," 13 Aug. 2020 And there's a thick black bezel along the edge of both screens and a single 11-megapixel camera for video chats and selfies. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Microsoft's Surface Duo launches with $1,399 price tag," 12 Aug. 2020 Rumors say a new heart-rate monitor will be on board, as well as a ECG sensor, sleep tracking, and a rotating bezel. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung Galaxy Note 20 preview: Bigger and better than ever with a price to match," 4 Aug. 2020 The Pixel 4a makes big design gains over the Pixel 4 by scrapping Google's janky air gesture system, which necessitated a bigger top bezel. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google finally announces the Pixel 4a for $349," 3 Aug. 2020 This pro diver stainless steel watch is two-tone, automated and has a unidirectional bezel. NBC News, "Amazon Big Style Sale 2020: Best deals on clothes, shoes and more," 22 June 2020

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First Known Use of bezel

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bezel

probably from dialect form of French biseau bezel, from Middle French

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“Bezel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bezel. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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