a groove or recess cut in the edge of a board, plank, etc. in such a way that another piece may be fitted into it to form a joint (rabbet joint)
Origin of rabbetMiddle English rabet ; from Old French rabat, rabbat, a beating down ; from rabattre: see rebate
- to cut a rabbet in
- to join by means of a rabbet
to be joined by a rabbet
- A cut or groove along or near the edge of a piece of wood that allows another piece to fit into it to form a joint.
- A joint so made.
verbrab·bet·ed, rab·bet·ing, rab·bets also re·bat·ed or re·bat·ing or re·bates
- To cut a rabbet in.
- To join by a rabbet.
To be joined by a rabbet.
Origin of rabbetMiddle English rabet, from Old French rabat, recess in a wall, act of beating down, from rabattre, to beat down again; see rebate1.
(third-person singular simple present rabbets, present participle rabbeting, simple past and past participle rabbeted)
- To cut a rabbet in a piece of material.