Definition of chamfer in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈ(t)SHamfər/


[with object]
In carpentry, cut away (a right-angled edge or corner) to make a symmetrical sloping edge.
Example sentences
  • The front corners are more chamfered, the headlights cut into the bumper, flanking a lower front grille.
  • The straight marlborough legs are chamfered on the inside corners to make them look less blocky and massive when viewed from an angle.
  • The scribed outline on the back of the splat of this chair, set about one quarter of an inch from the edge, may have been a guide for chamfering the splat after it was sawn to shape.


A symmetrical sloping surface at an edge or corner.
Example sentences
  • There are unfortunate chamfers on the back corners of the plan to allow for rights of light of neighbouring buildings.
  • The planks have to be drilled and riveted together side by side with a diagonal chamfer at their ends.
  • Plus, surface tension is created without resorting to lines and chamfers.


Mid 16th century (in the sense 'flute or furrow'): back-formation from chamfering, from French chamfrain, from chant 'edge' (see cant2) + fraint 'broken' (from Old French fraindre 'break', from Latin frangere).

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