miter

noun
mi·​ter | \ ˈmī-tər How to pronounce miter (audio) \
variants: or mitre

Definition of miter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a liturgical headdress worn by bishops and abbots

2 [ perhaps from miter headdress ]

a : a surface forming the beveled end or edge of a piece where a joint is made by cutting two pieces at an angle and fitting them together

miter

verb
variants: or mitre
mitered or mitred; mitering or mitring\ ˈmī-​tə-​riŋ How to pronounce mitring (audio) \

Definition of miter (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to confer a miter on
2a : to match or fit together in a miter joint
b : to bevel the ends of for making a miter joint

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Other Words from miter

Verb

miterer \ ˈmī-​tər-​ər How to pronounce miterer (audio) \ noun

Examples of miter in a Sentence

Verb

The corners of the frame were carefully mitered.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

June 14 commentary Columnist Krista Kafer equates guns to automobiles, chainsaws, axes, baseball bats, tire irons, diving and rappelling equipment, miter saws, nail guns, hammers, ice picks and knives. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Left behind in the left-turn lane; Bringing a knife to a gunfight; Require consent for pelvic exams (6/20/19)," 20 June 2019 Guns like automobiles, chainsaws, axes, baseball bats, tire irons, diving and reppelling equipment, miter saws, nail guns, hammers, icepicks, and knives are safe when used lawfully and responsibly. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: Rep. Crow’s gun liability law makes a mockery of personal responsibility," 17 June 2019 Aupetit will be wearing a construction worker's helmet in addition to his miter. Fox News, "Notre-Dame to celebrate first Mass since April fire," 15 June 2019 Take the remaining 4-foot piece of 1 x 6–inch pine and square one of its ends on the miter saw. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build a Simple Pencil Box," 31 Aug. 2018 Square one end of the piece to 90 degrees on a miter saw. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build a Simple Pencil Box," 31 Aug. 2018 Unfortunately the miter saw is the only Dewalt tool capable of going corded, for now. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Go Corded or Cordless with Metabo HPT MultiVolt Power Tools," 19 Oct. 2018 Though Annie cut the pipes herself using a miter saw, a handsaw will also work. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Give Your Neighbors the Creeps With Oversized Spider Halloween Decor," 5 Oct. 2018 Along with his traditional miter, or the tall headpiece used for church services, the pope wore Katsura’s long gold cape with a red banner down the middle to lead Easter mass that year. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This Is How Pope John Paul II’s 1993 Easter Mass Vestment Was Made," 2 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The box's top and bottom panels rest in rabbets cut into the sides and front, which are mitered at the front corners. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build Floating Shelves (With Plans!)," 16 Mar. 2015 The car's handsome design had nods to town (a steel roof and smart deco detailing on the fender skirts) and country (mitered white ash paneling on the sides and rear, mahogany on the interior). Ash Carter, Town & Country, "Town & Country salutes the Town & Countrys of America," 3 Apr. 2013

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First Known Use of miter

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for miter

Noun

Middle English mitre, from Anglo-French, from Latin mitra headband, turban, from Greek

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miter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of miter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a high pointed hat worn by a bishop or abbot in church ceremonies

miter

verb

English Language Learners Definition of miter (Entry 2 of 2)

technical : to match or fit (boards) together in a miter joint

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