A slit, notch, or cut made by an ax, saw, blade, or cutting torch, or the width of such a space made by such tools. Sometimes, the first mark of this sort which establishes where the tool could go from there. Historically a kerf was made in wood, but today, a slit, notch, or cut made in metal, plastic, or another comparable material might also be called a kerf. A series of (usually parallel) kerfs are sometimes placed in a material in order to bend it, relieve stress, or prevent distortion. Kerfs have been used in bookbinding. This word, sometimes (although rarely) spelled "cerf," came to us from the same prehistoric word from which now have the word "carve." See corrugate, crosscut saw, circular saw, declivity, hacksaw, miter, mortise, pleat, and ripsaw.

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  • Kerf — Kerf, n. [AS. cyrf a cutting off, fr. ceorfan to cut, carve. See {Carve}.] A notch, channel, or slit made in any material by cutting or sawing. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Kerf — Nom très rare porté dans le Nord, un peu plus fréquent en Belgique, de sens incertain. Il a pu désigner un balafré (moyen néerlandais kerf = entaille). Avec génitif de filiation : Kerfs …   Noms de famille

  • kerf — [kʉrf] n. [ME < OE cyrf (akin to ON kurfr, a cutting, chip) < pp. base of ceorfan, to CARVE] the cut or channel made by a saw vt. to make a kerf or kerfs in …   English World dictionary

  • Kerf — Kerf. См. Надрез. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • Kerf — Kerf,der:⇨Insekt …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

  • Kerf — Sm Insekt per. Wortschatz fach. (19. Jh.) Stammwort. Rückbildung von Oken 1815 aus Kerbtier und teilweise in den Gebrauch übergegangen. Das f stammt aus der niederdeutschen Form. deutsch s. Kerbtier …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Kerf — The flock obtained from shearing cloth, used for wallpaper manufacturing, and also for cloth weighting …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • kerf — /kerrf/, n. 1. a cut or incision made by a saw or the like in a piece of wood. 2. Mining. a deep cut a few inches high, used to undermine a portion of a coal or mineral seam. 3. the act of cutting or carving. v.t. 4. to make a kerf or kerfs in (a …   Universalium

  • kerf — [[t]kɜrf[/t]] n. bui a cut or incision made by a saw or the like in a piece of wood • Etymology: bef. 1000; ME kerf, kirf, OE cyrf a cutting …   From formal English to slang

  • kerf — /kɜf/ (say kerf) noun 1. the cut or incision made by a saw or other instrument. 2. that which is cut. {Middle English kerf, kyrf, Old English cyrf a cutting; related to ceorfan (verb) cut, carve} …   Australian English dictionary

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