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 miter (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 miter (audio) \ noun

Examples of miter in a Sentence

Verb The corners of the frame were carefully mitered.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There, the lock was cut off and more than $4,000 in tools were stolen, the biggest haul being a $1,000 miter saw. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Cameo creeper shows up on overnight security video: Pepper Pike Police Blotter," 20 Feb. 2021 Install Treads and Risers Cut the risers to length using a power miter saw for speed and accuracy. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build Stairs in 3 Steps," 18 Jan. 2021 Dowels have a tendency to rotate slightly when cut with a miter saw, which can lead to uneven or scorched cuts, so use a cradle that securely holds the workpiece. David Agrell, Popular Mechanics, "Make a Gift: A Handmade DIY Dino Toy," 12 Dec. 2020 Crosscut the strip to make buttons using the table saw and miter gauge [18]. Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics, "Make a Kitchen Table That Will Last Generations," 14 Nov. 2020 The most popular tools have been our paint sprayer, which was a donation, as well as our table saw and miter saw. John Benson, cleveland, "Lakewood Tool Box cleaning out the shed for its ‘Tool Box: Tool Sale’ scheduled for Oct. 17," 9 Oct. 2020 Hitachi has new branding now—Metabo HPT—and this miter saw puts the power in powerful. Popular Science, "Make every project a breeze with the right miter saw," 26 Aug. 2020 Place the pilot holes well away from where the miter cuts will be made. Thomas Klenck, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build You Own Cedar Planter Box," 20 June 2020 Make the sides and support blocks by ripping the melamine particle board into strips with a table saw and cutting them to length with a miter saw according to the materials list. David Agrell And Eric Weil, Popular Mechanics, "Stone Cold Beautiful: How To Build a Concrete Bench," 25 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This one soars inside with open space, huge pale timbers and vaulting ceilings mitered into many angles. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$950K log home is on 5 acres in Genoa Township gated community," 24 Oct. 2019 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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The first known use of miter was in the 14th century

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“Miter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miter. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for miter

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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