adze

noun \ ˈadz \
variants: or less commonly adz

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

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Origin and Etymology of adze

Middle English adse, adese, going back to Old English adesa, of obscure origin
Note: There are no forms directly comparable to Old English adesa in Germanic. See the lengthy but inconclusive discussion of the word in Anatoly Liberman, An Analytic Dictionary of English Etymology: An Introduction (University of Minnesota Press, 2008), pp. 1-3.

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ADZE Defined for English Language Learners

adze

Definition of adze for English Language Learners

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


ADZE Defined for Kids

adze

noun
variants: also adz \ˈadz\

Definition of adze for Students

plural adzes
: a cutting tool that has a thin curved blade at right angles to the handle and is used for shaping wood

Learn More about adze

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of adze Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about adze


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