from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A groove or notch made by a cutting tool, such as a saw or an ax.
- n. The width of a groove made by a cutting tool.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The groove or slit created by cutting a workpiece; an incision.
- n. The width of the groove made while cutting.
- n. Distance between diverging saw teeth
- v. To cut a piece of wood or other material with several kerfs to allow it to be bent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A notch, channel, or slit made in any material by cutting or sawing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Middle English preterit of carve.
- n. A cut; an incision; a stroke with a weapon.
- n. A channel or cut made in wood by a saw or other cutting-instrument.
- n. In a cloth-shearing machine, the wool taken off in one passage through the cutter.
- n. A layer of hay or turf. [Prov. Eng.]—5. That which is cut; a Cutting.
- To cut (a strip or bar of wood) with one or more kerfs for the purpose of bending it.
Middle English, from Old English cyrf, a cutting; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English cyrf ("a cutting off, a cutting instrument"). (Wiktionary)