bezel

[bez-uhl]
noun
1.
the diagonal face at the end of the blade of a chisel, or the like, leading to the edge.
2.
Jewelry.
a.
that part of a ring, bracelet, etc., to which gems are attached.
b.
crown ( def 27 ).
3.
a grooved ring or rim holding a gem, watch crystal, etc., in its setting.
4.
Automotive. the part of a vehicle's bodywork that surrounds a light.

Origin:
1605–15; akin to French biseau bevel, chamfer

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bezel (ˈbɛzəl)
 
n
1.  the sloping face adjacent to the working edge of a cutting tool
2.  the upper oblique faces of a cut gem
3.  a grooved ring or part holding a gem, watch crystal, etc
4.  a retaining outer rim used in vehicle instruments, e.g. in tachometers and speedometers
5.  a small indicator light used in vehicle instrument panels
 
[C17: probably from French biseau, perhaps from Latin bis twice]

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Word Origin & History

bezel
1610s, "sloping edge," also "groove in which a stone is set," from O.Fr. *besel (13c.; Mod.Fr. biseau), cognate with Sp. bisel; of uncertain origin, perhaps lit. "a stone with two angles," from V.L. *bis-alus, from bis- "twice" + ala "wing, side." Meaning "oblique face of a gem" is from c.1840.
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Example sentences
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.
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.
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