from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cut off the edge or corner of; bevel.
- transitive v. To cut a groove in; flute.
- n. A flat surface made by cutting off the edge or corner of a block of wood or other material.
- n. A furrow or groove, as in a column.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an obtuse-angled relief or cut at an edge added for a finished appearance and to break sharp edges
- v. to cut off the edge or corner of something; to bevel
- v. to cut a groove in something; to flute
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The surface formed by cutting away the arris, or angle, formed by two faces of a piece of timber, stone, etc.
- transitive v. To cut a furrow in, as in a column; to groove; to channel; to flute.
- transitive v. To make a chamfer on.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In carpentry, a groove or furrow.
- n. A bevel or slope; the corner of anything originally rightangled cut away so as to make an angle with the sides which form it. Also chamfering.
- In carpentry, to cut a furrow in; flute; channel.—2. To cut or grind in a sloping manner, as the edge of anything square, so as to form a bevel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees
- v. cut a furrow into a columns
- v. cut a bevel on; shape to a bevel
Probably back-formation from chamfering, from French chanfrein, bevelled edge, from past participle of Old French chanfreindre, to bevel : chant, edge (from Latin canthus, iron tire; see cant1) + fraindre, to break (from Latin frangere; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)