rab·bet (răbĭt) also re·bate (rēbāt′, răbĭt)
1. A cut or groove along or near the edge of a piece of wood that allows another piece to fit into it to form a joint.
2. A joint so made.
v. rab·bet·ed, rab·bet·ing, rab·bets also re·bat·ed or re·bat·ing or re·bates
1. To cut a rabbet in.
2. To join by a rabbet.
To be joined by a rabbet.
[Middle English rabet, from Old French rabat, recess in a wall, act of beating down, from rabattre, to beat down again; see REBATE1.]
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