Definition of kerf in English:


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Pronunciation: /kəːf


  • 1A slit made by cutting with a saw.
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    • I cut a series of kerfs in the notch area and knocked out the waste with a chisel and mallet.
    • First, a notch or kerf is cut using a laser or another diamond.
    • What is needed is a power handsaw that can cut a kerf immediately adjacent to a corner juncture defined by a horizontal surface and a vertical surface.
  • 2The cut end of a felled tree.



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  • Board insulation is usually 1 to 2 inches thick and is cut or kerfed to fit between metal ties in cavity walls.


Old English cyrf 'cutting, a cut', of West Germanic origin; related to carve.

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