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Princeton's WordNet

  1. adz, adzenoun

    an edge tool used to cut and shape wood


  1. adzenoun

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

    Etymology: From adesa, of obscure origin.

  2. adzeverb

    To shape a material using an adze.

    Etymology: From adesa, of obscure origin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adzenoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. adese, adis, adse, AS. adesa, adese, ax, hatchet.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Adze

    Adz, adz, n. a carpenter's tool consisting of a thin arched blade with its edge at right angles to the handle. [A.S. adesa; ultimate origin unknown.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. adze

    A cutting tool of the axe kind, for dubbing flat and circular work, much used by shipwrights, especially by the Parsee builders in India, with whom it serves for axe, plane, and chisel. It is a curious fact that from the polar regions to the equator, and southerly throughout Polynesia, this instrument and its peculiar adaptations, whether made of iron, basalt, nephrite, &c., all preserve the same idea or identity of conception. ÆINAUTÆ. Senators of Miletus, who held their deliberations on board ship. ÆRATÆ. Ancient ships fitted with brazen prows.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of adze in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of adze in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of adze in a Sentence

  1. Sir Ernest Shackleton:

    We had flung down the adze from the top of the fall and also the logbook and the cooker wrapped in one of our blouses. That was all, except our wet clothes, that we brought out of the Antarctic, which we had entered a year and a half before with well-found ship, full equipment, and high hopes. That was all of tangible things; but in memories we were rich. We had pierced the veneer of outside things. We had suffered, starved, and triumphed, groveled down yet grasped at glory, grown bigger in the bigness of the whole. We had seen God in his splendors, heard the text that Nature renders. We had reached the naked soul of man.

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    a small contrasting part of something
    • A. impounding
    • B. couvade
    • C. preponderance
    • D. maculation

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