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Definition of "bevel" [bev•el]

  • 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. Also called bevel square. (noun)
  • To cut at an inclination that forms an angle other than a right angle: beveled the edges of the table. (verb-transitive)
  • To be inclined; slant. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bevel" in a sentence
  • "A bevel is the portion of metal, sometimes called the lip, that will be welded to another portion of metal."
  • "If both are of the same diameter, they are called bevel gears; if of different diameters, miter gears."
  • "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."