Definitions for rabbetˈræb ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

rab•betˈræb ɪt(n.)

  1. a deep notch formed in or near one edge of a board, framing timber, etc., so that something else can be fitted into it or so that a door or the like can be closed against it.

    Category: Building Trades

  2. (v.t.)to cut a rabbet in (a board or the like).

    Category: Building Trades

  3. to join (boards or the like) by means of a rabbet or rabbets.

    Category: Building Trades

  4. (v.i.)to join by a rabbet (usu. fol. by on or over).

    Category: Building Trades

Origin of rabbet:

1350–1400; ME rabet < OF rabat, n. der. of rabattre to beat back, beat down; see rebate

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rabbet, rebate(verb)

    a rectangular groove made to hold two pieces together

  2. rabbet(verb)

    join with a rabbet joint

  3. rabbet(verb)

    cut a rectangular groove into


  1. rabbet(Noun)

    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.

  2. rabbet(Verb)

    To cut a rabbet in a piece of material.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rabbet(verb)

    to cut a rabbet in; to furnish with a rabbet

  2. Rabbet(verb)

    to unite the edges of, as boards, etc., in a rabbet joint

  3. Rabbet(noun)

    a longitudinal channel, groove, or recess cut out of the edge or face of any body; especially, one intended to receive another member, so as to break or cover the joint, or more easily to hold the members in place; thus, the groove cut for a panel, for a pane of glass, or for a door, is a rabbet, or rebate

  4. Rabbet(noun)

    same as Rabbet joint, below


  1. Rabbet

    A rabbet is a recess or groove cut into the edge of a piece of machineable material, usually wood. When viewed in cross-section, a rabbet is two-sided and open to the edge or end of the surface into which it is cut. The word rabbet is from Old French rabbat, "a recess into a wall." An example of the use of a rabbet is in a glazing bar where it makes provision for the insertion of the pane of glass and putty. It may also accommodate the edge of the back panel of a cabinet. It is also used in door and casement window jambs, and for shiplap planking. A rabbet can be used to form a joint with another piece of wood.

Anagrams of rabbet

  1. barbet


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