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[kurf] /kɜrf/
a cut or incision made by a saw or the like in a piece of wood.
Mining. a deep cut a few inches high, used to undermine a portion of a coal or mineral seam.
the act of cutting or carving.
verb (used with object)
to make a kerf or kerfs in (a piece of wood, a coal seam, etc.).
Origin of kerf
before 1000; Middle English kerf, kirf, Old English cyrf a cutting (cognate with Old Frisian kerf); akin to carve Unabridged
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Examples from the web for kerf
  • First, a worker undermined a chunk of coal by chipping away at the foot of it with his pick, creating a gap called a kerf.
  • Use of wire saws to cut thinner, larger size wafers with less kerf loss.
  • Diamond-wire cutting has been used traditionally with water injected into the kerf for cooling and dust control.
  • When the horizontal cut is complete, remove the bark from an area on both sides of the kerf.
  • The term kerf is often used to mean the width of the saw blade.
British Dictionary definitions for kerf


the cut made by a saw, an axe, etc
Word Origin
Old English cyrf a cutting; related to Old English ceorfan to carve
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