Miter box
Miter Mi"ter, Mitre Mi"tre, n. [F. mitre, fr. L. mitra headband, turban, Gr. ?.] 1. A covering for the head, worn on solemn occasions by bishops and other church dignitaries. It has been made in many forms, the present form being a lofty cap with two points or peaks. --Fairholt. [1913 Webster]

2. The surface forming the beveled end or edge of a piece where a miter joint is made; also, a joint formed or a junction effected by two beveled ends or edges; a miter joint. [1913 Webster]

3. (Numis.) A sort of base money or coin. [1913 Webster]

{Miter box} (Carp. & Print.), an apparatus for guiding a handsaw at the proper angle in making a miter joint; esp., a wooden or metal trough with vertical kerfs in its upright sides, for guides.

{Miter dovetail} (Carp.), a kind of dovetail for a miter joint in which there is only one joint line visible, and that at the angle.

{Miter gauge} (Carp.), a gauge for determining the angle of a miter.

{Miter joint}, a joint formed by pieces matched and united upon a line bisecting the angle of junction, as by the beveled ends of two pieces of molding or brass rule, etc. The term is used especially when the pieces form a right angle, such as the edges of a window frame, and the edge of each piece at the point of junction is cut at a 45[deg] angle to its long direction. See {Miter}, 2.

{Miter shell} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of marine univalve shells of the genus {Mitra}.

{Miter square} (Carp.), a bevel with an immovable arm at an angle of 45[deg], for striking lines on stuff to be mitered; also, a square with an arm adjustable to any angle.

{Miter wheels}, a pair of bevel gears, of equal diameter, adapted for working together, usually with their axes at right angles. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • miter box — n. a device used to guide the saw in cutting wood at an angle for a miter joint …   English World dictionary

  • miter box — noun hand tool for guiding handsaws in making crosscuts or miter joints • Syn: ↑mitre box • Hypernyms: ↑hand tool …   Useful english dictionary

  • miter box — noun Date: 1678 a device for guiding a handsaw at the proper angle in making a miter joint in wood …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • miter box — mi′ter box n. bui any of various fixed or adjustable guides for a saw in making miters or cross cuts, esp. a troughlike box with slots in each side to guide the saw in making angular cuts • Etymology: 1670–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • miter box — Carpentry. any of various fixed or adjustable guides for a saw in making miters or cross cuts, esp. a troughlike box open at the ends and guiding the saw by slots in the opposite sides. [1670 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • miter box saw — noun see miter saw …   Useful english dictionary

  • Miter — Mi ter, Mitre Mi tre, n. [F. mitre, fr. L. mitra headband, turban, Gr. ?.] 1. A covering for the head, worn on solemn occasions by bishops and other church dignitaries. It has been made in many forms, the present form being a lofty cap with two… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Miter dovetail — Miter Mi ter, Mitre Mi tre, n. [F. mitre, fr. L. mitra headband, turban, Gr. ?.] 1. A covering for the head, worn on solemn occasions by bishops and other church dignitaries. It has been made in many forms, the present form being a lofty cap with …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Miter gauge — Miter Mi ter, Mitre Mi tre, n. [F. mitre, fr. L. mitra headband, turban, Gr. ?.] 1. A covering for the head, worn on solemn occasions by bishops and other church dignitaries. It has been made in many forms, the present form being a lofty cap with …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Miter joint — Miter Mi ter, Mitre Mi tre, n. [F. mitre, fr. L. mitra headband, turban, Gr. ?.] 1. A covering for the head, worn on solemn occasions by bishops and other church dignitaries. It has been made in many forms, the present form being a lofty cap with …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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