rabbet

noun
rab·​bet | \ ˈra-bət How to pronounce rabbet (audio) \

Definition of rabbet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a channel, groove, or recess cut out of the edge or face of a surface especially : one intended to receive another member (such as a panel)

rabbet

verb
rabbeted; rabbeting; rabbets

Definition of rabbet (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to unite the edges of in a rabbet joint
2 : to cut a rabbet in

intransitive verb

: to become joined by a rabbet

Examples of rabbet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Use dado blades in the table saw to cut a 1/4-inch-wide x 1/2-inch-deep rabbet in the strip's edge. Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics, "Make a Kitchen Table That Will Last Generations," 14 Nov. 2020 Square the corners of the rabbet by carefully chopping down with a sharp chisel, and then glue in the bottom. Richard Romanski, Popular Mechanics, "How To Make a Box," 29 Aug. 2020 Place a thin layer of glue in all the dados and rabbets. David Kaleko, Popular Science, "Build a floating key organizer cabinet you’ll love coming home to," 27 Jan. 2020 Then set the plywood pieces down into the rabbets and secure with glue and nails. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Three Ways to Build Your Own Shelves," 24 Jan. 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 If the lid is too tight to slide, adjust the rabbet, not the groove, using the table saw (width) or sandpaper (height). Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build a Simple Pencil Box," 31 Aug. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Start by cutting the dados and rabbets slightly too narrow and testing the fit. David Kaleko, Popular Science, "Build a floating key organizer cabinet you’ll love coming home to," 27 Jan. 2020 Crosscut the lid to 12 inches to remove any roughness on the ends created by rabbeting. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build a Simple Pencil Box," 31 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of rabbet

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for rabbet

Noun

Middle English rabet, perhaps from Middle French rabat act of forcing down, from Old French rabattre to force down, fold over, reduce — more at rebate

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13 Mar 2021

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“Rabbet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rabbet. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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