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[bez-uh l] /ˈbɛz əl/
the diagonal face at the end of the blade of a chisel, or the like, leading to the edge.
  1. that part of a ring, bracelet, etc., to which gems are attached.
  2. crown (def 27).
a grooved ring or rim holding a gem, watch crystal, etc., in its setting.
Automotive. the part of a vehicle's bodywork that surrounds a light.
Origin of bezel
1605-15; akin to French biseau bevel, chamfer Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bezel
  • When using a tablet, you can swipe from the left bezel to switch to another app or run two apps side-by-side.
  • Two-piece bezel doesn't allow height or rotation adjustments.
  • The multi-touch panel is suspended within the screen-bezel and spins on its horizontal axis, facing out or in depending on need.
  • Another way to switch apps is to actually swipe on the bezel around the screen.
  • One headlight and one turn signal was destroyed and one headlight only suffered bezel ring damage.
  • bezel shall be extruded aluminum, chromium plated metal, or plastic.
  • The mirror bezel will also act as the inner gimbal ring.
  • How- ever, the plastic bezel damaged during the second screening falls off frequently.
  • The gold setting of the bezel bears a border design, such as cabling.
British Dictionary definitions for bezel


the sloping face adjacent to the working edge of a cutting tool
the upper oblique faces of a cut gem
a grooved ring or part holding a gem, watch crystal, etc
a retaining outer rim used in vehicle instruments, e.g. in tachometers and speedometers
a small indicator light used in vehicle instrument panels
Word Origin
C17: probably from French biseau, perhaps from Latin bis twice
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Word Origin and History for bezel

1610s, "sloping edge," also "groove in which a stone is set," from Old French *besel (13c.; Modern French biseau), cognate with Spanish bisel; of uncertain origin, perhaps literally "a stone with two angles," from Vulgar Latin *bis-alus, from bis- "twice" (see bis-) + ala "wing, side" (see alar). Meaning "oblique face of a gem" is from c.1840. The verb meaning "grind (a tool) down to an edge" is from 1670s.

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