The edge of many clickable buttons in various GUIs. Beveling makes them look as if they had been hewn out of solid material and are actually a few pixels "tall", coming toward you through the fourth wall.

The simplest bevel in computer graphics is to surround a rectangular area with a border that is light on the top and left, and dark on the bottom and right. This is done so often that your brain accepts it as a bevel. Look at, for example, the Start bar in a Micros~1 Windows GUI.

It's gotten to the point where many users won't realize they can click on something unless it's underlined or beveled.

Bev"el (?), n. [C. F. biveau, earlier buveau, Sp. baivel; of unknown origin. Cf. Bevile.]


Any angle other than a right angle; the angle which one surface makes with another when they are not at right angles; the slant or inclination of such surface; as, to give a bevel to the edge of a table or a stone slab; the bevel of a piece of timber.


An instrument consisting of two rules or arms, jointed together at one end, and opening to any angle, for adjusting the surfaces of work to the same or a given inclination; -- called also a bevel square.



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Bev"el, a.


Having the slant of a bevel; slanting.


Hence: Morally distorted; not upright.


I may be straight, though they themselves be bevel. Shak.

A bevel angle, any angle other than one of 90°. -- Bevel wheel, a cogwheel whose working face is oblique to the axis.



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Bev"el, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Beveled () or Bevelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Beveling or Bevelling.]

To cut to a bevel angle; to slope the edge or surface of.


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Bev"el, v. i.

To deviate or incline from an angle of 90, as a surface; to slant.

Their houses are very ill built, the walls bevel. Swift.


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