What does chisel mean?

Definitions for chisel
ˈtʃɪz əlchis·el

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chiselverb

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

  2. cheat, chiselverb

    engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud

    "Who's chiseling on the side?"

  3. cheat, rip off, chiselverb

    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. chiselverb

    carve with a chisel

    "chisel the marble"

Wiktionary

  1. chiselnoun

    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. chiselverb

    To use a chisel.

  3. chiselverb

    To work something with a chisel.

    She chiselled a sculpture out of the block of wood.

  4. chiselverb

    To cheat, to get something by cheating.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chiselnoun

    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. Chiselverb

    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. Chiselverb

    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.]

Freebase

  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.

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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. Jeremy DeSilva:

    Mary Leakey made exquisitely detailed maps of the footprint localities. From Mary Leakey map, we were able to approximate where the tracks should be. We began to dig, hoping for the best, but fearing instead that forty years of seasonal rains had washed them away, the soil was hard as cement and it took a hammer and chisel to reach the footprint layer, which we then needed to excavate delicately with a hard-bristled brush and tongue depressor. Fortunately, the footprints were beautifully preserved.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    What can a sculptor do without the chisel and the hammer? And what can an impostor politician do without the ignorants and the uneducated?

  3. Michelangelo:

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

  4. 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.

  5. Orison Swett Marden:

    Every experience in life, everything with which we have come in contact in life, is a chisel which has been cutting away at our life statue, molding, modifying, shaping it. We are part of all we have met. Everything we have seen, heard, felt, or thought has had its hand in molding us, shaping us

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