chisel

noun
chis·​el | \ ˈchi-zᵊl How to pronounce chisel (audio) \

Definition of chisel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

chisel

verb
chiseled or chiselled; chiseling or chiselling\ ˈchi-​zə-​liŋ How to pronounce chiselling (audio) , ˈchiz-​liŋ \

Definition of chisel (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

1 : to work with or as if with a chisel
2a : to employ shrewd or unfair practices
b : to thrust oneself : intrude chisel in on a racket

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Other Words from chisel

Verb

chiseler or chiseller \ ˈchi-​zə-​lər How to pronounce chiseller (audio) , ˈchiz-​lər \ noun

Examples of chisel in a Sentence

Verb He chiseled off a corner of the block. Letters were chiseled into a wall.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Haitian metal artists dig them out of the landfills, flatten them with tools, sketch designs with chalk and carve them with a chisel and hammer. cleveland, "Shop local, shop fair: How to change the world with your wallet," 20 Apr. 2020 Officers used chisels to break up the slag, then an air hammer to remove the chunks from the oven floor. cincinnati.com, "Death, lies and uranium: How an Ohio man’s mysterious disappearance in 1984 still haunts family, friends," 17 Mar. 2020 Square the end of each groove with a ¼-inch chisel. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "How To Make an Heirloom Toolbox," 25 Feb. 2020 The ancient kit contained a bronze knife with a curved blade, an awl decorated with ladders and rows of triangles, and a bronze chisel, along with an assortment of bronze scraps and small ingots. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists unearth a Bronze Age warrior’s personal toolkit," 18 Oct. 2019 Terberger and his colleagues have interpreted the fragments of copper found in the artifact bundle as raw materials that could have been fragmented into even smaller pieces with a chisel to be used as a form of money. Megan Gannon, Smithsonian, "What a Warrior’s Lost Toolkit Says About the Oldest Known Battle in Europe," 16 Oct. 2019 The little toolkit includes scrap metal as well as tools that would have been used in daily life, such as a chisel, an awl with its birch handle still preserved, a knife and a small sword. Megan Gannon, Smithsonian, "What a Warrior’s Lost Toolkit Says About the Oldest Known Battle in Europe," 16 Oct. 2019 The goldsmith or silversmith had been content to make plain dashes, so to speak, with his chisel, and these dashes had been allowed to make patterns. V. S. Naipaul, The New Yorker, "The Strangeness of Grief," 30 Dec. 2019 My favorite iteration is the 125-grain cut-on-contact model, but the chisel point version (shown) works just fine too. Field & Stream, "The Best Hunting and Fishing Gear of the Decade," 27 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With their heavy German accents, stylishly coiffed hair, chiseled features and glitzy costumes, Siegfried & Roy were Las Vegas icons. Dennis Mclellan, Los Angeles Times, "Roy Horn, dark-haired half of flamboyant illusionists Siegfried & Roy, dies of complications related to coronavirus," 8 May 2020 That shock of blond hair, chiseled physique and masculine presence have been familiar for decades. Lisa Boone, latimes.com, "Laird Hamilton has no time for alpha males," 28 June 2019 Actually, not everyone on this show is perfectly chiseled. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Lili Reinhart On Feeling ‘Insecure’ About Her Body Image on the Set of Riverdale," 8 Feb. 2020 Regardless, Fisher has chiseled his frame from top to bottom, to a point light-years away from the running back on those tapes and just as far from the high-schooler who was told he might be too slow. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "Already a Star for Northwestern, Paddy Fisher Is Just Getting Started," 30 Aug. 2019 Over time, these mischaracterizations have chiseled away at what Woodstock was really like. Annie Zaleski, Billboard, "How Was Woodstock Originally Reported 50 Years Ago?," 14 Aug. 2019 An orphan dreamer who once carved legions of wooden angels returns from the camps in Siberia to end his days chiseling busts of Marx and Engels and Lenin. Wendell Steavenson, New York Times, "Who Needs a Sweeping Epic About the Red Century? You Do," 14 Apr. 2020 Due to arrive in the fall: Justin Flowe, Jackson LaDuke Outlook: Slade-Matautia has the starting middle spot chiseled in stone. oregonlive, "Who joins Isaac Slade-Matautia in leading Oregon’s linebacker corps in 2020?," 4 Mar. 2020 Actually, not everyone on this show is perfectly chiseled. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Lili Reinhart On Feeling ‘Insecure’ About Her Body Image on the Set of Riverdale," 8 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of chisel

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1509, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for chisel

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French *chisel, cisel, from Vulgar Latin *cisellum, alteration of caesellum, from Latin caesus, past participle of caedere to cut

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The first known use of chisel was in the 14th century

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30 May 2020

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“Chisel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chisel. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for chisel

chisel

noun
How to pronounce chisel (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of chisel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

chisel

verb

English Language Learners Definition of chisel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cut or shape (something) with a chisel

chisel

noun
chis·​el | \ ˈchi-zəl How to pronounce chisel (audio) \

Kids Definition of chisel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a metal tool with a sharp edge at the end of a usually flat piece used to chip away stone, wood, or metal

chisel

verb
chiseled or chiselled; chiseling or chiselling

Kids Definition of chisel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cut, shape, or carve with a chisel A name was chiseled into stone.

chisel

noun
chis·​el | \ ˈchiz-əl How to pronounce chisel (audio) \

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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