- a tool consisting of a rule with a movable arm, used in measuring or marking angles and in fixing surfaces at an anglealso bevel square
- an angle other than a right angle
- sloping part or surface, as the angled edge of plate glass
Origin of bevelprobably from Old French an unverified form baivel, diminutive from baif, gaping: see bay
transitive verb-·eled or -·elled, -·el·ing or -·el·ling
- The angle or inclination of a line or surface that meets another at any angle but 90°.
- 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 .
verbbev·eled, bev·el·ing, bev·els, or bev·elled bev·el·ling
Origin of bevelFrom Middle French bevel bevel square ( source of Modern French biveau ) from Old French baivel from diminutive of baif open-mouthed from baer to gape from Vulgar Latin batāre to yawn, gape ; see bay2.
- An edge that is canted, one that is not a 90 degree angle.
- to give a bevel to the edge of a table or a stone slab
- 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; a bevel square.
(third-person singular simple present bevels, present participle bevelling or U.S. beveling, simple past and past participle bevelled or U.S. beveled)
- To give a canted edge to a surface.
(comparative more bevel, superlative most bevel)
- Having the slant of a bevel; slanting.
- a bevel angle
- Morally distorted; not upright.
From an Old French diminutive of baïf (“open-mouthed”), from baer (“to gape”).