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Meaning of kerf

kerf

Pronunciation: (kûrf), [key]
— n.
  1. a cut or incision made by a saw or the like in a piece of wood.
  2. 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.
  1. to make a kerf or kerfs in (a piece of wood, a coal seam, etc.).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.