Rabbet meaning

rē'bāt', răb'ĭt
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.
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A joint so made.
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To cut a rabbet in.
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To join by a rabbet.
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To be joined by a rabbet.
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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)
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To cut a rabbet in.
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To join by means of a rabbet.
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To be joined by a rabbet.
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A longitudinal channel, groove, or recess cut out of the edge or face of a plank of wood or other material; especially, one intended to fit another member to form a joint.
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To cut a rabbet in a piece of material.
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Origin of rabbet

Middle English rabet from Old French rabat recess in a wall, act of beating down from rabattre to beat down again rebate1