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 rebate.
- ‘a rabbet joint’
verbverb rabbets, verb rabbeting, verb rabbeted[with object]North American
1Make a rebate in (a piece of wood).
- 1.1with object Join or fix (a piece of wood) to another with a rebate.
Late Middle English from Old French rabbat ‘abatement, recess’.
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