\ ˈkərf How to pronounce kerf (audio) \

Definition of kerf

1 : a slit or notch made by a saw or cutting torch
2 : the width of cut made by a saw or cutting torch

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Examples of kerf in a Sentence

with a handsaw I made a kerf in the board to mark where I needed to cut
Recent Examples on the Web Begin by ripping and crosscutting the shelves, the sides, the bottom and the top panel from red-oak plywood with a 40-tooth thin-kerf blade in a circular saw. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Build This Rolling Cabinet for Extra Functional Storage," 26 Sep. 2020 The thin-kerf chain (its teeth are 3/32-inch wide) zips through each cut with smoothness and precision. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "The Popular Mechanics 2020 Tool Awards," 18 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of kerf

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for kerf

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

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7 Oct 2020

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“Kerf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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