Meaning of BEVEL in English


I. ˈbevəl adjective

Etymology: from (assumed) Middle French bevel, n.

: having the slant of a bevel : oblique , beveled

a bevel edge

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: from (assumed) Middle French bevel (whence Middle French béveau, biveau ), from Old French baïf with open mouth, from baer to gape + -if -ive (from Latin -ivus ) — more at abeyance


a. : the angle that one surface or line makes with another when they are not at right angles

b. : the slant or inclination of such a surface or line

c. : the surface or line at such a slant or inclination

d. : fleam 2

e. : the part of a piece of printer's type extending from the face to the shoulder — compare beard 4d; see type illustration

2. or bevel square : an instrument consisting of two rules or arms jointed together and opening to any angle for drawing angles or adjusting the surfaces to be given a bevel

3. : bevel wheel 2

4. : the direction in which the bolt of a lock tapers

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III. verb

( beveled or bevelled ; beveled or bevelled ; beveling or bevelling -v(ə)liŋ ; bevels )

transitive verb

1. : to cut or shape to a bevel : slope the edge or surface of : put a bevel on

a carpenter must often bevel the bottom edge of a door to fit a slanting sill

a printer bevels a rule in a mitering machine

an engraving or electrotype is beveled for fastening to patent bases

2. geology : to cut across

the waves beveled a volcanic island

the erosion surface bevels an anticlinal structure

intransitive verb

: to deviate or incline so as not to be at right angles with a line or surface : slant

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