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

  • noun The angle or inclination of a line or surface that meets another at any angle but 90°.
  • noun Two rules joined together as adjustable arms used to measure or draw angles of any size or to fix a surface at an angle.
  • intransitive verb To cut at an inclination that forms an angle other than a right angle.
  • intransitive verb To be inclined; slant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To cut to a bevel-angle: as, to bevel a piece of wood.
  • To incline toward a point or from a direct line; slant or incline off to a bevel-angle.
  • noun The obliquity or inclination of a particular surface of a solid body to another surface of the same body; the angle contained by two adjacent sides of anything, as of a timber used in ship-building. When this angle is acute it is called an under bevel (or beveling), and when obtuse a standing bevel.
  • noun An instrument used by mechanics for drawing angles and for adjusting the abutting surfaces of work to the same inclination.
  • noun A piece of type-metal nearly type-high, with a beveled edge, used by stereotypers to form the flange on the sides of the plates.
  • noun Same as bevel-angle.
  • noun In heraldry, an angular break in any right line.
  • Having the form of a bevel; aslant; sloping; out of the perpendicular; not upright: used figuratively by Shakspere.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Any angle other than a right angle; the angle which one surface makes with another when they are not at right angles; the slant or inclination of such surface.
  • noun An instrument consisting of two rules or arms, jointed together at one end, and opening to any angle, for adjusting the surfaces of work to the same or a given inclination; -- called also a bevel square.
  • intransitive verb To deviate or incline from an angle of 90°, as a surface; to slant.
  • transitive verb To cut to a bevel angle; to slope the edge or surface of.
  • adjective Having the slant of a bevel; slanting.
  • adjective Poetic Hence: Morally distorted; not upright.
  • adjective any angle other than one of 90°.
  • adjective a cogwheel whose working face is oblique to the axis.

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

  • noun An edge that is canted, one that is not a 90 degree angle.
  • verb transitive To give a canted edge to a surface.

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

  • verb cut a bevel on; shape to a bevel
  • noun two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees
  • noun a hand tool consisting of two rules that are hinged together so you can draw or measure angles of any size


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

[Possibly from Old French *bevel, perhaps from baif, open-mouthed, from baer, to gape, from Vulgar Latin *badāre.]


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word bevel.


  • A bevel is the portion of metal, sometimes called the lip, that will be welded to another portion of metal.

    Welder's helper Nomeclature dudemanflab 2007

  • If both are of the same diameter, they are called bevel gears; if of different diameters, miter gears.

    Practical Mechanics for Boys J. S. Zerbe

  • The bevel is a depression round the entire side of the stone, which faces outwards, and may be effected either by a sloping cut which removes the right-angle from the edge, or by two cuts, one perpendicular and the other horizontal, which take out from the edge a rectangular bar or plinth.

    History of Phoenicia George Rawlinson 1857

  • It came to pass, therefore, that he was forced to make all the stones irregular in shape, preparing them with great labour by means of the pifferello, which is the instrument otherwise called the bevel-square; and this made the work so clumsy, that, as will be related in the Life of Bandinelli, it has been difficult to bring it to such a form as might be in harmony with the rest.

    Lives of the most Eminent Painters Sculptors and Architects Vol. 06 (of 10) Fra Giocondo to Niccolo Soggi Giorgio Vasari 1542

  • “Plus, they were going for some kind of bevel effect at the top of that banner sign,” he slapped the dust from his gloves and tucked them in his back pocket.

    Drive-by-Shooting Sunday: Fawnskin Flyer 2008

  • "On a king bolt," he said, occasionally consulting his notes, "runs a pivot in bevel which is kept in place by a small hair-spring, which spring fits loosely on the Conkling Shaft."

    First and Last Hilaire Belloc 1911

  • - Areas of text can be selected, and different attributes such as bevel, color, fonts, textures, animation and text settings applied

    News 2009

  • I think you want a Chamfer feature for the "bevel"

    All Discussion Groups: Message List - root 2008

  • I think you want a Chamfer feature for the "bevel"

    All Discussion Groups: Message List - root 2008

  • On some guns the bevel at the mouth of the chamber was virtually non-existent and would cause the bullet to hit the square edge of the chamber mouth.

    I have a .222 Remington caliber Remington 788 rifle that is a hand me down from my late father. 2010


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.