Pronunciation: (bev'ul), [key]
—n., v., -eled, -el•ingor (esp. Brit.) -elled, -el•ling,
1. the inclination that one line or surface makes with another when not at right angles.
2. a surface that does not form a right angle with adjacent surfaces. Cf. chamfer.
3. (of a lock bolt) the oblique end that hits the strike plate.
4. (of a lock with a beveled bolt) the side facing in the same direction as the bevel at the end of the bolt. Cf. regular bevel, reverse bevel.
5. See bevel square.
6. an adjustable instrument for drawing angles or adjusting the surface of work to a particular inclination.
7. Print.beard (def. 5).
to cut or slant at a bevel: to bevel an edge to prevent splintering.
Also,beveled; esp. Brit.,bevelled.oblique; sloping; slanted.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.