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: before 1000; Middle English kerf, kirf, Old English cyrf
a cutting (cognate with Old Frisian kerf
); akin to carve