from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To cut off the edge or corner of; bevel.
  • transitive verb To cut a groove in; flute.
  • noun A flat surface made by cutting off the edge or corner of a block of wood or other material.
  • noun A furrow or groove, as in a column.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In carpentry, a groove or furrow.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The surface formed by cutting away the arris, or angle, formed by two faces of a piece of timber, stone, etc.
  • transitive verb (Carp.) To cut a furrow in, as in a column; to groove; to channel; to flute.
  • transitive verb To make a chamfer on.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun woodworking, engineering, drafting, CAD an obtuse-angled relief or cut at an edge added for a finished appearance and to break sharp edges
  • verb transitive to cut off the edge or corner of something; to bevel
  • verb transitive to cut a groove in something; to flute

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees
  • verb cut a furrow into a columns
  • verb cut a bevel on; shape to a bevel


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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 cant) + fraindre, to break (from Latin frangere; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots).]


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  • A cut made in wood or other material at a 45° angle to the adjacent faces

    February 9, 2007

  • Made by planing, or chiselling off an arris

    February 23, 2007

  • Thanks for the info (and the new word), fearraigh. :-)

    February 23, 2007

  • "A beveled face formed by cutting off a corner of stone or timber." (Pretty much the same definition as is already listed here, but this one penetrated my tiny brain faster. :) )

    August 24, 2008

  • Often found in National and State forests. More common in summer. Variable number of sleeping accommodations.

    July 20, 2012