Definition of bevel in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbɛv(ə)l


  • 1A slope from the horizontal or vertical in carpentry and stonework; a sloping surface or edge: a very small 45° bevel is ground on the top surface
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    • Standard redwood patterns include: tongue & groove, bevel, rabbeted bevel, shiplap, channel shiplap and V shiplap.
    • The older picture showed an aluminium-hued casing with rounded corners and a screen bevel sloping away to the edge of the unit.
    • They should be trimmed to 4-5 inches wide with a 35-degree bevel on one edge.
    slope, slant, angle, cant, chamfer, mitre, oblique, diagonal, tilt
    rare bezel
  • 1.1 (also bevel square) A tool for marking angles in carpentry and stonework.
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    • Where the skirting board butts up against a doorframe, check that the angle is true and, if not, use a sliding bevel to measure the angle of the cut and mark on the board.
    • Perhaps the simplest form of edging is to take a shovel and bevel and edge all around the garden.
    • He states that early Chinese plane blades were sharpened with two bevels, the front bevel requiring a lower iron mounting angle.

verb (bevels, bevelling, bevelled; US bevels, beveling, beveled)

[with object] (often as adjective bevelled) Back to top  
  • Reduce (a square edge on an object) to a sloping edge: a bevelled mirror
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    • The quality and finish of the cooler is very good, the base is smooth and the edges are even bevelled nicely.
    • If the chips are quite minor, it should be possible to have them ground down and polished out, or the edges could be bevelled out.
    • Planes are for removing very thin layers of wood, for trimming and smoothing, for straightening edges or beveling them, and even for adding a groove.


late 16th century (as an adjective in the sense 'oblique'): from an Old French diminutive of baif 'open-mouthed', from baer 'to gape' (see bay3).

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