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1. A joint by which the ends of two pieces of timber are united to form a continuous piece; the mating surfaces may be beveled, chamfered, notched, etc., before bolting, gluing, welding, etc.
2. A joint formed by bonding the beveled ends of two pieces of lumber.
3. In welding, a butt joint between two pieces whose ends are beveled.
4. A joint in electrical cable in which the ends are beveled before soldering.
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