AskDefine | Define rabbet

Dictionary Definition

rabbet n : a rectangular groove made to hold two pieces together [syn: rebate]


1 join with a rabbet joint
2 cut a rectangualr groove into

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. 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.


  • Italian: addentellato


  1. To cut a rabbet in a piece of material.


  • Italian: addentellare

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Extensive Definition

A rabbet (also known as rebate) 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 spelling rabbet is probably a derivation of rebate, the latter being more common outside of North America.
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.


A rabbet can be cut by the following methods:
rabbet in German: Falz (Fertigungstechnik)
rabbet in Estonian: Valts (aste)
rabbet in Russian: Шпунт

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