He chiseled off a corner of the block.
Letters were chiseled into a wall.
Recent Examples on the Web
With a sharp chisel, clean out all the veneer and old glue within that area.—Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2023 The mountains of premium rock were shipped first to Rajasthan, where thousands of craftsmen used chisel and hammer and ageless technique to extract the loose-limbed god within each block.—Justin Davidson, Curbed, 9 Nov. 2023 From another perspective, the fabric almost looks like the undulating surface of an unfinished sculpture by Bernini, waiting for the artist’s chisel.—Zachary Small, New York Times, 22 Sep. 2023 Get the tip of the cold chisel between the threads and give the chisel a sharp blow using a ball peen hammer.—Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 7 June 2023 This chisels at a chief TikTok creator complaint: making TikToks is hard.—Alexandra Sternlicht, Fortune, 22 Sep. 2023 The tools of ancient graffiti artists were simple—a knife, a chisel, perhaps a stick of charcoal.—Amy Crawford, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 Moai were carved using a toki (a chisel made of rock).—Gwen McClure, Travel + Leisure, 22 Aug. 2023 Early cans, a niche item, were opened with a chisel and hammer.—Leo Deluca, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 July 2023
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Middle English, from Anglo-French *chisel, cisel, from Vulgar Latin *cisellum, alteration of caesellum, from Latin caesus, past participle of caedere to cut