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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [rab-it]
    • /ˈræb ɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [rab-it]
    • /ˈræb ɪt/

Definitions of rabbeting word

  • noun rabbeting 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. 1
  • noun rabbeting a broad groove let into the surface of a board or the like; dado. 1
  • verb with object rabbeting to cut a rabbet in (a board or the like). 1
  • verb with object rabbeting to join (boards or the like) by means of a rabbet or rabbets. 1
  • verb without object rabbeting to join by a rabbet (usually followed by on or over). 1

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Origin of rabbeting

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English rabet < Old French rabat, derivative of rabattre to beat back, beat down; see rebate1

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Rabbeting


rabbeting popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 78% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 62% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

rabbeting usage trend in Literature

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Top questions with rabbeting

  • what is rabbeting?
  • what is a rabbeting jointer?

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