noun \ˈadz\

: a cutting tool that has a thin curved blade and that is usually used for shaping wood

Full Definition of ADZE

:  a cutting tool that has a thin arched blade set at right angles to the handle and is used chiefly for shaping wood

Variants of ADZE

adze also adz \ˈadz\

Illustration of ADZE

Origin of ADZE

Middle English adse, from Old English adesa
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Hardware Terms

auger, awl, chock, ferrule, punch, tang


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Hand tool for shaping wood. A handheld stone chipped to form a blade, it is one of the earliest tools, and was used widely in the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods. By Egyptian times, it had acquired a wooden haft (handle) with a copper or bronze blade set flat at the top of the haft to form a T. In this form but with a steel blade, it continued to be the prime hand tool for shaping and trimming wood; the carpenter stands on or astride a log or other piece of timber, swinging the adze like a pick, down and between the legs.

Variants of ADZE

adze or adz


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