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rab·bet / ˈrabit/ • n. a step-shaped recess cut along the edge or in the face of a piece of wood, typically forming a match to the edge or tongue of another piece: [as adj.] a rabbet joint. • v. (-bet·ed , -bet·ing ) [tr.] make a rabbet in (a piece of wood). ∎  [tr.] join or fix (a piece of wood) to another with a rabbet.

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rabbet channel or groove made in wood, stone, etc.; rectangular recess. XV. — OF. rab(b)at act of beating down, recess in a wall, f. rabattre beat back or down, REBATE; the ending has been assim. to -ET.

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rabbet, rebate. Long rectangular groove formed in the edge of wood, stone, etc., to receive the edge, tongue, or end of another element, e.g. door in a frame.

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