1 a slit made by cutting, esp. with a saw.
2 the cut end of a felled tree.
Etymology: OE cyrf f. Gmc (as CARVE)

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Kerf — Kerf, n. [AS. cyrf a cutting off, fr. ceorfan to cut, carve. See {Carve}.] A notch, channel, or slit made in any material by cutting or sawing. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Kerf — Nom très rare porté dans le Nord, un peu plus fréquent en Belgique, de sens incertain. Il a pu désigner un balafré (moyen néerlandais kerf = entaille). Avec génitif de filiation : Kerfs …   Noms de famille

  • kerf — [kʉrf] n. [ME < OE cyrf (akin to ON kurfr, a cutting, chip) < pp. base of ceorfan, to CARVE] the cut or channel made by a saw vt. to make a kerf or kerfs in …   English World dictionary

  • Kerf — Kerf. См. Надрез. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • Kerf — Kerf,der:⇨Insekt …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

  • Kerf — Sm Insekt per. Wortschatz fach. (19. Jh.) Stammwort. Rückbildung von Oken 1815 aus Kerbtier und teilweise in den Gebrauch übergegangen. Das f stammt aus der niederdeutschen Form. deutsch s. Kerbtier …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Kerf — The flock obtained from shearing cloth, used for wallpaper manufacturing, and also for cloth weighting …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • kerf — /kerrf/, n. 1. a cut or incision made by a saw or the like in a piece of wood. 2. Mining. a deep cut a few inches high, used to undermine a portion of a coal or mineral seam. 3. the act of cutting or carving. v.t. 4. to make a kerf or kerfs in (a …   Universalium

  • kerf —    A slit, notch, or cut made by an ax, saw, blade, or cutting torch, or the width of such a space made by such tools. Sometimes, the first mark of this sort which establishes where the tool could go from there. Historically a kerf was made in… …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • kerf — [[t]kɜrf[/t]] n. bui a cut or incision made by a saw or the like in a piece of wood • Etymology: bef. 1000; ME kerf, kirf, OE cyrf a cutting …   From formal English to slang

  • kerf — /kɜf/ (say kerf) noun 1. the cut or incision made by a saw or other instrument. 2. that which is cut. {Middle English kerf, kyrf, Old English cyrf a cutting; related to ceorfan (verb) cut, carve} …   Australian English dictionary

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