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Scarf (scarph)

1. (n) - A joint by which the ends of two structural pieces of timber are united so as to form a continuous piece; a lapped joint made by beveling off, notching or otherwise cutting away the sides of two timbers at ends, and bolting, riveting, or strapping them together so as to form one continuous piece without increase in sectional area at the joint.

2. (v) - To join the ends of two timbers so as to form a continuous piece in appearance; the joining of wood by sloping off the edges and maintaining the same cross section throughout the joint.

A term common to wooden boat design and construction.

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