noun chis·el \ˈchi-zəl\

: a metal tool with a flat, sharp end that is used to cut and shape a solid material (such as stone, wood, or metal)

Full Definition of CHISEL

:  a metal tool with a sharpened edge at one end used to chip, carve, or cut into a solid material (as wood, stone, or metal)

Origin of CHISEL

Middle English, from Anglo-French *chisel, cisel, from Vulgar Latin *cisellum, alteration of caesellum, from Latin caesus, past participle of caedere to cut
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Hardware Terms

adze, auger, awl, chock, ferrule, punch, tang



: to cut or shape (something) with a chisel

chiseled or chiselledchisel·ing or chisel·ling \ˈchi-zə-liŋ, ˈchiz-liŋ\

Full Definition of CHISEL

transitive verb
:  to cut or work with or as if with a chisel
:  to employ shrewd or unfair practices on in order to obtain one's end; also :  to obtain by such practices <chisel a job>
intransitive verb
:  to work with or as if with a chisel
a :  to employ shrewd or unfair practices
b :  to thrust oneself :  intrude <chisel in on a racket>
chis·el·er or chis·el·ler \ˈchi-zə-lər, ˈchiz-lər\ noun

Examples of CHISEL

  1. He chiseled off a corner of the block.
  2. Letters were chiseled into a wall.

First Known Use of CHISEL



noun chis·el \ˈchiz-əl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CHISEL

:  a metal tool with a cutting edge at the end of a blade; especially :  one used in dentistry (as for cutting or shaping enamel)


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