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

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The bezels on the new laptop will be slimmer so the overall size of the laptop will be close to the current 15-inch models. Los Angeles Times, "Apple’s next line of iPhones is all about the camera," 22 Aug. 2019 Form Factor: Touch screen, precision trackpads, and narrow bezels. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Intel will bless Project Athena laptops with an 'Engineered for Mobile Performance' badge," 8 Aug. 2019 To accomplish that, Samsung shrank down even more of the bezel surrounding the display. Washington Post, "Samsung ditches headphone jack after jabs at jackless rivals," 7 Aug. 2019 This is partly due to its new bezel-less design, and its tiny, hole-punch camera on the front of the phone. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Samsung’s New Galaxy Note Now Comes in Two Different Sizes," 7 Aug. 2019 Kindle Oasis The 32GB Kindle Oasis—with its huge storage capacity, metal design, almost bezel-less e-ink display, and touch/backlit screen—is the high-end, luxury version of everyone's favorite eReader. Megan Mccarthy, USA TODAY, "The best Kindle deals and books for Prime Day," 15 July 2019 The company achieved this by drastically reducing bezels — the frame around a device's display — to create more screen real estate without increasing the size of the smartphone. Samantha Kelly, CNN, "Samsung's Note10 finally bids farewell to the headphone jack," 7 Aug. 2019 That means thinner bezels and a more compact phone, at the expense of a few pixels. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "Samsung's Note 10 and Even Bigger Note 10 Plus Are Here. Are They the Giant Android Phones for You?," 7 Aug. 2019 For example, there is an all-new Carbon Core Guard Structure and triple-layered carbon-insert bezel that also make the watch extremely lightweight. James Love, Essence, "This ESSENCE Editor Put G-SHOCK's New MUDMASTER To The Test," 1 Aug. 2019

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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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