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bevel

[bev-uh l] /ˈbɛv əl/
noun
1.
the inclination that one line or surface makes with another when not at right angles.
2.
a surface that does not form a right angle with adjacent surfaces.
Compare chamfer.
3.
(of a lock bolt) the oblique end that hits the strike plate.
4.
(of a lock with a beveled bolt) the side facing in the same direction as the bevel at the end of the bolt.
6.
an adjustable instrument for drawing angles or adjusting the surface of work to a particular inclination.
7.
Printing. beard (def 5).
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), beveled, beveling or (especially British) bevelled, bevelling.
8.
to cut or slant at a bevel:
to bevel an edge to prevent splintering.
adjective
9.
Also, beveled; especially British, bevelled. oblique; sloping; slanted.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; < Middle French *bevel (French béveau, biveau), Old French *baivel, equivalent to baïf with open mouth (ba(er) to gape (see bay2) + -if -ive) + -el < Latin -ellus; see -elle
Related forms
beveler; especially British, beveller, noun
unbeveled, adjective
unbevelled, adjective
underbeveling, noun
underbevelling, noun
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  • With the bevel, the chance that a skier will catch an edge is reduced.
  • In these instances, you need only restore the edge bevel.
  • The angle of the bevel is critical for the safety edge to function properly.
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  • As a result, clapboard siding is sometimes called bevel siding.
  • Failure of the bevel machine operator to attend safety meetings.
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British Dictionary definitions for bevel

bevel

/ˈbɛvəl/
noun
1.
  1. Also called cant. a surface that meets another at an angle other than a right angle Compare chamfer (sense 1)
  2. (as modifier): a bevel edge, bevel square
verb -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled
2.
(intransitive) to be inclined; slope
3.
(transitive) to cut a bevel on (a piece of timber, etc)
Derived Forms
bevelled, (US) beveled, adjective
beveller, (US) beveler, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French bevel (unattested), from baïf, from baer to gape; see bay1
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Word Origin and History for bevel
adj.

1560s, possibly from Old French *baivel (Modern French béveau, biveau), possibly from bayer "to gape, yawn," from Latin *batare "to yawn, gape," from Latin root *bat-, possibly imitative of yawning. If so, the time gap is puzzling. The verb is first recorded 1670s. The noun is 1670s, from the adjective.

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