from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The angle or inclination of a line or surface that meets another at any angle but 90°.
- n. 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.
- transitive v. To cut at an inclination that forms an angle other than a right angle: beveled the edges of the table.
- intransitive v. To be inclined; slant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An edge that is canted, one that is not a 90 degree angle.
- v. To give a canted edge to a surface.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- adj. Having the slant of a bevel; slanting.
- adj. Hence: Morally distorted; not upright.
- transitive v. To cut to a bevel angle; to slope the edge or surface of.
- intransitive v. To deviate or incline from an angle of 90°, as a surface; to slant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. An instrument used by mechanics for drawing angles and for adjusting the abutting surfaces of work to the same inclination.
- n. 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.
- n. Same as bevel-angle.
- n. 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.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cut a bevel on; shape to a bevel
- n. two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees
- n. a hand tool consisting of two rules that are hinged together so you can draw or measure angles of any size
Possibly from Old French *bevel, perhaps from baif, open-mouthed, from baer, to gape, from Vulgar Latin *badāre.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)