Pronunciation: (kûrf),[key] —n. 1. a cut or incision made by a saw or the like in a piece of wood.
2. Mining.a deep cut a few inches high, used to undermine a portion of a coal or mineral seam.
3. the act of cutting or carving.
—v.t. to make a kerf or kerfs in (a piece of wood, a coal seam, etc.).