miter joint


: a usually perpendicular joint made by fastening together parts with the ends cut at an angle

Illustration of miter joint

Illustration of miter joint
  • 1 plain
  • 2 milled
  • 3 rabbeted

Examples of miter joint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This was no beginner’s task; miter joints must be precise, or the box would never fit together. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 6 July 2023 Test fit and recut, if necessary, to establish a perfect miter joint between these pieces. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 22 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1688, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of miter joint was in 1688

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Cite this Entry

“Miter joint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

miter joint

: the joint or corner made by cutting the edges of two boards at an angle and fitting them together

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