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chisel

noun chis·el \ ˈchi-zᵊl \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of chisel

: 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)

Recent Examples of chisel from the Web

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Origin and Etymology 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

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chisel

verb

Definition of chisel

chiseled or chiselled; chiseling or chiselling \ˈchi-zə-liŋ, ˈchiz-liŋ\
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
2 a : to employ shrewd or unfair practices
b : to thrust oneself : intrude
  • chisel in on a racket

chiseler

or chiseller play \ˈchi-zə-lər, ˈchiz-lər\ noun

Examples of chisel in a Sentence

  1. He chiseled off a corner of the block.

  2. Letters were chiseled into a wall.

Recent Examples of chisel from the Web

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First Known Use of chisel

1509


CHISEL Defined for English Language Learners

chisel

noun

Definition of chisel for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of chisel for English Language Learners

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


CHISEL Defined for Kids

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chisel

noun chis·el \ ˈchi-zəl \

Definition of chisel for Students

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

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chisel

verb

Definition of chisel for Students

chiseled or chiselled; chiseling or chiselling
: to cut, shape, or carve with a chisel
  • A name was chiseled into stone.

Medical Dictionary

chisel

noun chis·el \ ˈchiz-əl \

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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