from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as scarf.


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  • "... to unite any two pieces of timber together by the extremities, so that the end of one goes over the end of the other, being tapered that the one may be let into the other and become even, as the keel-pieces, clamps, &c. But when the ends of the two pieces are cut square and put together, they are said to butt to one another: and when another piece is laid on and fastened to both, as is the case in all the frame-timbers, this is called scarphing the timbers; and half the piece which fastens the two timbers together, is reckoned the length of the scarph."

    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 434

    October 14, 2008