Origin: Middle English from Old English cyrf (akin to Old Norse kurfr, a cutting, chip) from past participle base of ceorfan, to carve
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- A groove or notch made by a cutting tool, such as a saw or an ax.
- The width of a groove made by a cutting tool.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English cyrf, a cutting; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots.