kerf

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noun \ˈkərf\

Definition of kerf

  1. 1 :  a slit or notch made by a saw or cutting torch

  2. 2 :  the width of cut made by a saw or cutting torch

Examples of kerf in a sentence

  1. <with a handsaw I made a kerf in the board to mark where I needed to cut>

Origin and Etymology of kerf

Middle English, action of cutting, from Old English cyrf; akin to Old English ceorfan to carve — more at carve


First Known Use: 1523

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