cham·​fer | \ ˈcham(p)-fər How to pronounce chamfer (audio) , ˈcham-pər \
chamfered; chamfering\ ˈcham(p)-​f(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce chamfer (audio) , ˈcham-​p(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of chamfer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cut a furrow in (something, such as a column) : groove
2 : to make a chamfer on : bevel



Definition of chamfer (Entry 2 of 2)

: a beveled edge

Examples of chamfer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Huawei engineered the Matebook 13 out of an aluminum alloy, chamfered the edges, and finished it off with a sandblast process that gives the surface a bit of grip. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hands on: Huawei's Matebook 13 shrinks the Matebook X Pro into a 'Whiskey Lake'-powered laptop," 7 Jan. 2019 There are no high-end extras like leather pads, memory foam, or chamfered aluminum edges. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Koss Porta Pro Wireless review: a classic mistake," 3 May 2018 The brick nine-story cube—its corners chamfered and its windows and doorways forming a grid—stood bulky and boxy alongside the New Hampshire prep school’s neo-Georgian dorms. Sara Bliss, WSJ, "Why I Hated America’s Most Stunning Library—At First," 21 Sep. 2017 The iPhone 5, in particular, was a jewel; to me, its flat sides, chamfered edges and remarkable build quality suggested something miraculous, as if Mr. Ive had been divinely inspired in his locked white room. Farhad Manjoo, New York Times, "What’s Really Missing From the New iPhone: Cutting-Edge Design," 7 Sep. 2016 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Complete each groove by taking a wood file and making a slight chamfer on the bottom edge of the groove (as shown). Ricard Romanski, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build Your Very Own Indoor Firewood Rack," 8 Feb. 2020 Use a small router and a chamfer bit to ease the corners on the legs and cross supports. Richard Romanski, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build the Ultimate DIY Workbench," 18 Jan. 2020 Not a bad idea to use a little anti-seize compound to the chamfer of the nut. Bob Weber,, "Want better air circulation? Bring back the vent window," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of chamfer


1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1847, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chamfer


back-formation from chamfering, alteration of Middle French chanfreint, from past participle of chanfraindre to bevel, from chant edge (from Latin canthus iron tire) + fraindre to break, from Latin frangere — more at cant entry 4, break

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“Chamfer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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