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chisel

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noun chis·el \ˈchi-zəl\

Simple Definition of chisel

  • : 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

  1. :  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

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chisel

verb chis·el

Simple Definition of chisel

  • : to cut or shape (something) with a chisel

Full Definition of chisel

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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cut or work with or as if with a chisel

  3. 2 :  to employ shrewd or unfair practices on in order to obtain one's end; also :  to obtain by such practices <chisel a job>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to work with or as if with a chisel

  6. 2 a :  to employ shrewd or unfair practices b :  to thrust oneself :  intrude <chisel in on a racket>

chis·el·er or chis·el·ler play \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.



1509

First Known Use of chisel

1509

Rhymes with chisel


Medical Dictionary

chisel

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noun chis·el \ˈchiz-əl\

Medical Definition of chisel

  1. :  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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