What does chisel mean?

Definitions for chisel
ˈtʃɪz əlchis·el

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chisel(verb)

    an edge tool with a flat steel blade with a cutting edge

  2. cheat, chisel(verb)

    engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud

    "Who's chiseling on the side?"

  3. cheat, rip off, chisel(verb)

    deprive somebody of something by deceit

    "The con-man beat me out of $50"; "This salesman ripped us off!"; "we were cheated by their clever-sounding scheme"; "They chiseled me out of my money"

  4. chisel(verb)

    carve with a chisel

    "chisel the marble"


  1. chisel(Noun)

    A cutting tool consisting of a slim oblong block of metal with a sharp wedge or bevel formed on one end. It may be provided with a handle at the other end, which is generally perpendicular to, but occasionally parallel to the cutting edge of the tool, depending upon its intended use. It is used to remove parts of stone, wood or metal by placing the sharp edge against the material to be cut and pushing or pounding the other end with a hammer, or mallet. The cutting edge of a chisel is most frequently straight, but may be curved or otherwise shaped (v-shaped, for example), to suit the characteristics of the material being worked, or the shape to be achieved by the chisel's use.

  2. chisel(Verb)

    To use a chisel.

  3. chisel(Verb)

    To work something with a chisel.

    She chiselled a sculpture out of the block of wood.

  4. chisel(Verb)

    To cheat, to get something by cheating.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chisel(noun)

    a tool with a cutting edge on one end of a metal blade, used in dressing, shaping, or working in timber, stone, metal, etc.; -- usually driven by a mallet or hammer

    Etymology: [OF. chisel, F. ciseau, fr. LL. cisellus, prob. for caesellus, fr. L. caesus, p. p. of caedere to cut. Cf. Scissors.]

  2. Chisel(verb)

    to cut, pare, gouge, or engrave with a chisel; as, to chisel a block of marble into a statue

    Etymology: [OF. chisel, F. ciseau, fr. LL. cisellus, prob. for caesellus, fr. L. caesus, p. p. of caedere to cut. Cf. Scissors.]

  3. Chisel(verb)

    to cut close, as in a bargain; to cheat

    Etymology: [OF. chisel, F. ciseau, fr. LL. cisellus, prob. for caesellus, fr. L. caesus, p. p. of caedere to cut. Cf. Scissors.]


  1. Chisel

    A chisel is a tool with a characteristically shaped cutting edge of blade on its end, for carving or cutting a hard material such as wood, stone, or metal. The handle and blade of some types of chisel are made of metal or wood with a sharp edge in it. In use, the chisel is forced into the material to cut it. The driving force may be manually applied or applied using a mallet or hammer. In industrial use, a hydraulic ram or falling weight drives the chisel into the material to be cut. A gouge, one type of chisel, is used, particularly in woodworking, woodturning and sculpture, to carve small pieces from the material. Gouges are most often used in creating concave surfaces. A gouge typically has a 'U'-shaped cross-section.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chisel

    chiz′el, n. an iron or steel tool to cut or hollow out wood, stone, &c.: esp. the tool of the sculptor.—v.t. to cut, carve, &c. with a chisel: (slang) to cheat:—pr.p. chis′elling; pa.p. chis′elled.—adj. Chis′elled, cut with a chisel; (fig.) having sharp outlines, as cut by a chisel.—n. Chis′elling.—adj. Chis′el-shaped.—n. Chis′el-tooth, the scalpriform perennial incisor of a rodent. [O. Fr. cisel—L. cædĕre, to cut.]

  2. Chisel

    chiz′el, n. See Chesil.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. chisel

    A well-known edged tool for cutting away wood, iron, &c.

Anagrams for chisel »

  1. chiles

  2. liches

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chisel in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chisel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of chisel in a Sentence

  1. Matthew Stover:

    There are some who say that Time is itself a hammer; that each slow second marks another tap that makes big rocks into little rocks, waterfalls into canyons, cliffs into beaches. There are some who say that Time is instead a blade. They see the dance of its razored tip, poised like a venomous snake, forever ready to slay faster than the eye can see. And there are some who say that Time is both hammer and blade. They say the hammer is a sculptor's mallet, and the blade is a sculptor's chisel: that each stroke is a refinement, a perfecting, a discovery of truth and beauty within what would otherwise be blank and lifeless stone. And I name this saying wisdom.

  2. Nissim Hakmon:

    The fear among everyone here is constant, i've heard the sound of a hammer and chisel and my neighbor says she can hear them digging under the cement. We're stressed out.

  3. Josh Haner:

    I flew a drone above the island showing just how precarious its location is : Homes clinging to the edge of an eroding coastline as unrelenting waves chisel away at what remains, after I saw what was happening on Ejit, I realized that climate change is not something nebulous that will only start affecting us in the future, but rather something happening right now. Residents are being forced to make the most difficult decision : Do they stay and build sea walls to buy some more time, or do they relocate ?

  4. Resident Ed Mis:

    I actually had to go out a secondary door and then chisel my way back into the house by breaking the ice.

  5. Michelangelo:

    It is well with me only when I have a chisel in my hand.

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