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a deep notch formed in or near one edge of a board, framing timber, etc., so that something else can be fitted into it or so that a door or the like can be closed against it.
a broad groove let into the surface of a board or the like; dado.
verb (used with object), rabbeted, rabbeting.
to cut a rabbet in (a board or the like).
to join (boards or the like) by means of a rabbet or rabbets.
verb (used without object), rabbeted, rabbeting.
to join by a rabbet (usually followed by on or over ).
Also, rebate.

1350–1400; Middle English rabet < Old French rabat, derivative of rabattre to beat back, beat down; see rebate1

unrabbeted, adjective

rabbet, rabbit, rarebit, rebate.
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rabbet or rebate (ˈræbɪt)
1.  a recess, groove, or step, usually of rectangular section, cut into a surface or along the edge of a piece of timber to receive a mating piece
2.  a joint made between two pieces of timber using a rabbet
3.  to cut or form a rabbet in (timber)
4.  to join (pieces of timber) using a rabbet
[C15: from Old French rabattre to beat down]
rebate or rebate
[C15: from Old French rabattre to beat down]

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Word Origin & History

1382 (implied in rabbeting), from O.Fr. rabbat "a recess in a wall," lit. "a beating down," from rabattre "beat down, beat back" (see rebate). The verb is attested from 1565.
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