from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A cut or groove along or near the edge of a piece of wood that allows another piece to fit into it to form a joint.
- n. A joint so made.
- transitive v. To cut a rabbet in.
- transitive v. To join by a rabbet.
- intransitive v. To be joined by a rabbet.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A longitudinal channel, groove, or recess cut out of the edge or face of a plank of wood or other material; especially, one intended to fit another member to form a joint.
- v. To cut a rabbet in a piece of material.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To cut a rabbet in; to furnish with a rabbet.
- transitive v. To unite the edges of, as boards, etc., in a rabbet joint.
- n. A longitudinal channel, groove, or recess cut out of the edge or face of any body; especially, one intended to receive another member, so as to break or cover the joint, or more easily to hold the members in place; thus, the groove cut for a panel, for a pane of glass, or for a door, is a rabbet, or rebate.
- n. Same as Rabbet joint, below.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cut the edge of (a board) so that it will overlap that of the next piece, which is similarly cut out, and will form a close joint with this adjoining board; cut or form a rabbet in (a board or piece of timber). See rabbet, n.
- n. A cut made on the edge of a board so that it may join by lapping with another board similarly cut; also, a rectangular recess, channel, or groove cut along the edge of a board or the like to receive a corresponding projection cut on the edge of another board, etc., required to fit into it. Rabbets are common in paneling. See also cut under match-joint.
- n. Same as rabbet-plane.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cut a rectangular groove into
- n. a rectangular groove made to hold two pieces together
- v. join with a rabbet joint
Middle English rabet, from Old French rabat, recess in a wall, act of beating down, from rabattre, to beat down again; see rebate1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)