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:
a rabbet joint.
make a rabbet in (a piece of wood).
join or fix (a piece of wood) to another with a 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
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.