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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

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

  • 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.
  • noun The surface formed by cutting away the arris, or angle, formed by two faces of a piece of timber, stone, etc.

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