See also: Kerf
From Middle English kerf, kirf, kyrf, from Old English cyrf (“an act of cutting, a cutting off; a cutting instrument”), from Proto-Germanic *kurbiz (“a cut; notch”), from Proto-Indo-European *gerbʰ- (“to scratch”).
kerf (plural kerfs)
- The groove or slit created by cutting a workpiece; an incision.
1999, Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon:
- They pass through a cleft that has been made across a low range of hills, like a kerf in the top of a log, and enter into a lovely territory of subtly swelling emerald green fields strewn randomly with small white capsules that he takes to be sheep.
- The width of the groove made while cutting with a saw or laser.
- The distance between diverging saw teeth.
- The portion of hay, turf, wool, etc. yielded by a single cut or shearing stroke.
the groove or slit cut in the workpiece
distance between diverging saw teeth
- To cut a piece of wood or other material with several kerfs to allow it to be bent.
- kerf in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911 (Supplement)