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

transitive verb

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


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: a beveled edge

Examples of chamfer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The body of the A6 looks as solid as a block of granite that's been chiseled and chamfered to knock off the sharp edges. Fred M.h. Gregory, Car and Driver, 12 July 2023 Kalsi smoothed them into perfection with the patience of one of the takumi who hand-chamfer the flanks of the Toyota Century. Brendan McAleer, Car and Driver, 3 July 2022 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, 7 Jan. 2019 There are no high-end extras like leather pads, memory foam, or chamfered aluminum edges. Vlad Savov, The Verge, 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, 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, 7 Sep. 2016
Our favorite such detail might just be the way the body sides roll through 90 degrees to meet the side glass with no chamfer, crease, or molding. Dan Edmunds, Car and Driver, 18 Apr. 2022 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, 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, 18 Jan. 2020 Not a bad idea to use a little anti-seize compound to the chamfer of the nut. Bob Weber,, 20 May 2018 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1822, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chamfer was in 1567

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“Chamfer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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