A beveled edge refers to an edge of a structure that is not perpendicular (but instead often at 45 degrees) to the faces of the piece. The words bevel and chamfer overlap in usage; in general usage they are often interchanged, while in technical usage they may sometimes be differentiated as shown in the image at right.



Bevel angles can be duplicated using a sliding T bevel.

Graphic design

Typographic bevels are shading and aritifical shadows that emulate the appearance of a 3-dimensional letter.

The bevel is a relatively common effect in graphic editors such as Photoshop. As such, it is in widespread usage in mainstream logos and archetypes.

Bevel when mentioned in the same context with boxes and squares in design refers to a raised effect, and not as commonly mistaken for rounded corners.

Glass and mirrors

Beveled edges are a common aesthetic nicety added to window panes and mirrors.


Geologists refer to any slope of land into a strata of different elevation as a bevel. [ [ Anvil Point] – "Some examples of bevels in landscape". Retrieved January 26, 2007.]


In waterskiing, a bevel is the transition area between the side of the ski and the bottom of the ski. Beginners tend to prefer sharp bevels, which allow the ski to glide on the water surface. [ [] or [ Goode Water Skis] . Retrieved January 26, 2007.]


With a deck of cards, you can slide the top portion back so that the back of the deck is at an angle. This can be used in card tricks; "see also" Glossary of conjuring terms.


A Bevel.Standing on one leg while pulling in the foot to the other leg.Toe should flick out while the heel is in to the shin as far as possible.

See also

* Chamfer


External links

* [,17071,403568,00.html Choosing and Using Squares] – This Old House

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  • Bevel — Bev el, a. 1. Having the slant of a bevel; slanting. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence: Morally distorted; not upright. [Poetic] [1913 Webster] I may be straight, though they themselves be bevel. Shak. [1913 Webster] {A bevel angle}, any angle other than… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bevel — Bev el, n. [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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bevel — Bevel …   Wikipédia en Français

  • bevel — ► NOUN 1) (in carpentry) a surface or edge which slopes away from a horizontal or vertical surface. 2) (also bevel square) a tool for marking angles in carpentry and stonework. ► VERB (bevelled, bevelling; US beveled, beveling) ▪ …   English terms dictionary

  • Bevel — Bev el, v. i. To deviate or incline from an angle of 90[deg], as a surface; to slant. [1913 Webster] Their houses are very ill built, the walls bevel. Swift. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bevel — Bev el, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Beveled} (?) or {Bevelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Beveling} or {Bevelling}.] To cut to a bevel angle; to slope the edge or surface of. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bevel — [bev′əl] n. [prob. < OFr * baivel, dim. < baif, gaping: see BAY2] 1. a tool consisting of a rule with a movable arm, used in measuring or marking angles and in fixing surfaces at an angle: also bevel square 2. an angle other than a right… …   English World dictionary

  • bevel — (adj.) 1560s, possibly from O.Fr. *baivel (Mod.Fr. béveau, biveau), possibly from bayer to gape, yawn, from L. *batare to yawn, gape, from L. root *bat , possibly imitative of yawning. If so, the time gap is puzzling. The verb is first recorded… …   Etymology dictionary

  • bevel — beveler; esp. Brit., beveller, n. /bev euhl/, n., v., beveled, beveling or (esp. Brit.) bevelled, bevelling, adj. n. 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… …   Universalium

  • bevel — n. & v. n. 1 a slope from the horizontal or vertical in carpentry and stonework; a sloping surface or edge. 2 (in full bevel square) a tool for marking angles in carpentry and stonework. v. (bevelled, bevelling; US beveled, beveling) 1 tr. reduce …   Useful english dictionary

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