bevel /ˈbɛv(ə)l/


I. noun

1. a slope from the horizontal or vertical in carpentry and stonework; a sloping surface or edge.

a very small 45° bevel is ground on the top surface.
2. (also bevel square) a tool for marking angles in carpentry and stonework.
II. verb [with obj.] (often as adj. bevelled)

1. reduce (a square edge on an object) to a sloping edge

a bevelled mirror.
– origin late 16th cent. (as an adjective in the sense ‘oblique’): from an Old French diminutive of baif ‘open-mouthed’, from baer ‘to gape’ (see bay3).

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