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Saturday, June 11, 2011

kerf

\KURF\ , noun;
1.
A cut or incision made by a saw or the like in a piece of wood.
2.
In mining, a deep cut a few inches high, used to undermine a portion of a coal or mineral seam.
3.
The act of cutting or carving.
verb:
1.
To cut or carve.
Quotes:
They pass through a cleft that has been made across a low range of hills, like a kerf in the top of a log, and enter into a lovely territory of subtly swelling emerald green fields strewn randomly with small white capsules that he takes to be sheep.
-- Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
The first chips that flew were ten inches long, but they quickly dwindled as the kerf sank in.
-- Ernest Thompson Seton, Two Little Savages
Origin:
Kerf comes from the Old English cyrf, "a cutting," which relates to carve.
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