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CHAMPFER CHAMFER

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Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 824 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CHAMPFER CHAMFER Or CHAUMFER (Fr. chanfrein; possibly from Lat. cant us, corner, and frangere, to break), an architectural term; when the edge or arris of any work is cut off at an angle of 45° in a small degree, it is said to be " chamfered," while it would be " canted " if on a large scale. The chamfer is much used in medieval work, and is sometimes plain, sometimeshollowed out and sometimes moulded. Chamfers are sometimes " stopped " by a bead or some moulding, but when cut short by a slope they are generally known as " stop chamfer."
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