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Princeton's WordNet

  1. adz, adze(noun)

    an edge tool used to cut and shape wood


  1. adze(Noun)

    A cutting tool that has a curved blade set at a right angle to the handle and is used in shaping wood.

  2. adze(Verb)

    To shape a material using an adze.

  3. Origin: From adesa, of obscure origin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adze(noun)

    a carpenter's or cooper's tool, formed with a thin arching blade set at right angles to the handle. It is used for chipping or slicing away the surface of wood


  1. Adze

    An adze is an ancient type of edge tool dating back to the stone age. Adzes are used for smoothing or carving wood in hand woodworking, similar to an axe but with the head mounted perpendicular to the handle. Two basic forms of an adze are the hand adze, a short handled tool swung with one hand, and a foot adz, a long handled tool capable of powerful swings using both hands - the cutting edge usually striking at foot or shin level. The blade of an adze is set at right angles to the tool's shaft, unlike the blade of an axe which is set in line with the shaft. A very similar tool used for digging in hard ground is called a mattock.

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