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 Next, clamp each leg to the workbench, and use a sharp chisel to finish cutting the mortises to size. Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics, "Make a Kitchen Table That Will Last Generations," 14 Nov. 2020 With a tiny steel mallet and a chisel, Altman set to work carefully chipping away her brow bone, before filing it with a tiny drill bit. Slanierdarby, Longreads, "There She Goes: How to ‘Feminize’ a Face," 13 Nov. 2020 The chisel being applied is Ronan’s Charlotte, whose arrival in Mary’s life, sometime during the 1840s, initially seems more burden than blessing. Justin Chang Film Critic, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Kate Winslet gives her best performance in years in the striking, passionate ‘Ammonite’," 12 Nov. 2020 The chisel-shaped slab of the PS4 looked more like an edgy turntable than a game console, and its weight was surprising. Dia Lacina, Wired, "The Evolution of Game Console Design—and American Gamers," 5 Nov. 2020 Schadenfreude is an emotional chisel in an internet and media landscape that prefers blunt rhetorical instruments. Lee M. Pierce, The Conversation, "Schadenfreude over Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis was more about cosmic justice than joy in another’s pain," 14 Oct. 2020 Remove each protrusion with sandpaper or a sharp wood chisel. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "What Is MDF, and Is It Right for Your Next Project?," 7 Oct. 2020 The date of the disc was determined in part by the objects found alongside it -- Bronze Age swords, axes and a prehistoric chisel. Lauren Kent, CNN, "Nebra sky disc: Prehistoric star map's Bronze Age pedigree in question -- by 1,000 years," 21 Sep. 2020 Square the corners of the rabbet by carefully chopping down with a sharp chisel, and then glue in the bottom. Richard Romanski, Popular Mechanics, "How To Make a Box," 29 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Pare by hand to smooth the walls of the mortise and use a mallet to chisel the ends of the mortise square [8]. Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics, "Make a Kitchen Table That Will Last Generations," 14 Nov. 2020 According to the National Retail Association, nearly half of all Americans — some 152 million — were to chisel pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Ways to enjoy the winter squashes of autumn," 3 Nov. 2020 Borglum hoped to carve the presidents down to their waists and chisel a description of the memorial next to them. Amy Mckeever, National Geographic, "The heartbreaking, controversial history of Mount Rushmore," 28 Oct. 2020 Other moves likely to chisel into his legacy were decisions made in hopes to de-escalate protesting happening in Birmingham in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Izzy Gould | Igould@advancelocal.com, al, "Reopening Alabama: A mayoral town hall series by AL.com," 24 June 2020 The move was the latest example of Attorney General William P. Barr’s efforts to chisel away at the results of the Russia investigation. Adam Goldman, New York Times, "Justice Dept. Drops Case Against Michael Flynn," 7 May 2020 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

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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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22 Nov 2020

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“Chisel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chisel. Accessed 30 Nov. 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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