WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
bez•el  (bezəl), 
n. 
  1. BuildingAlso,basil. the diagonal face at the end of the blade of a chisel, or the like, leading to the edge.
  2. [Jewelry.]
    • that part of a ring, bracelet, etc., to which gems are attached.
    • crown (def. 27).
  3. Jewelrya grooved ring or rim holding a gem, watch crystal, etc., in its setting.
  4. Automotive[Auto.]the part of a vehicle's bodywork that surrounds a light.
Etymology:
  • akin to French biseau bevel, chamfer 1605–15


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

bezel /ˈbɛzəl/ n
  1. the sloping face adjacent to the working edge of a cutting tool
  2. the upper oblique faces of a cut gem
  3. a grooved ring or part holding a gem, watch crystal, etc
  4. a retaining outer rim used in vehicle instruments, e.g. in tachometers and speedometers
  5. a small indicator light used in vehicle instrument panels
Etymology: 17th Century: probably from French biseau, perhaps from Latin bis twice



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