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(n.) Same as Rabbet joint, below.
(v. t.) To unite the edges of, as boards, etc., in a rabbet joint.
(v. t.) To cut a rabbet in; to furnish with a rabbet.
(n.) A longitudinal channel, groove, or recess cut out of the edge or face of any body; especially, one intended to receive another member, so as to break or cover the joint, or more easily to hold the members in place; thus, the groove cut for a panel, for a pane of glass, or for a door, is a rabbet, or rebate.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Rabbet'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/r/rabbet.html. 1828.