bevel Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees
    cant; chamfer.
  2. noun a hand tool consisting of two rules that are hinged together so you can draw or measure angles of any size
    bevel square.
  3. verb cut a bevel on; shape to a bevel
    • bevel the surface


Bev"el noun
C. F. biveau, earlier buveau, Sp. baivel; of unknown origin. Cf. Bevile.
  1. Any angle other than a right angle; the angle which one surface makes with another when they are not at right angles; the slant or inclination of such surface; as, to give a bevel to the edge of a table or a stone slab; the bevel of a piece of timber.
  2. 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; -- called also a bevel square. Gwilt.
Bev"el adjective
  1. Having the slant of a bevel; slanting.
  2. Hence: Morally distorted; not upright. Poetic
    I may be straight, though they themselves be bevel. Shak.
Bev"el transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Beveled () or Bevelled; present participle & verbal noun Beveling or Bevelling
  1. To cut to a bevel angle; to slope the edge or surface of.
Bev"el intransitive verb
  1. To deviate or incline from an angle of 90, as a surface; to slant.
    Their houses are very ill built, the walls bevel. Swift.

Webster 1913