Meaning of BEVEL in English


— beveler; esp. Brit., beveller , n.

/bev"euhl/ , n. , v. , beveled, beveling or ( esp. Brit. ) bevelled, bevelling , adj.


1. the inclination that one line or surface makes with another when not at right angles.

2. a surface that does not form a right angle with adjacent surfaces. Cf. chamfer .

3. (of a lock bolt) the oblique end that hits the strike plate.

4. (of a lock with a beveled bolt) the side facing in the same direction as the bevel at the end of the bolt. Cf. regular bevel, reverse bevel .

5. See bevel square .

6. an adjustable instrument for drawing angles or adjusting the surface of work to a particular inclination.

7. Print. beard (def. 5).

v.t. , v.i.

8. to cut or slant at a bevel: to bevel an edge to prevent splintering.


9. Also, beveled; esp. Brit., bevelled . oblique; sloping; slanted.

[ 1555-65; bevel (F béveau, biveau ), OF * baivel, equiv. to baïf with open mouth ( ba ( er ) to gape (see BAY 2 ) + -if -IVE) + -el -ellus; see -ELLE ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .